We are so pleased to announce the arrival of our Hatchling Discovery Guides! This integrated, multi-sensory approach encourages Kindergarten through 2nd Grade learners to discover the complex connections between reading and writing the fun way.
Our Hatchling unit is designed to be paced over the course of two years as a comprehensive language arts program that introduces all the skills necessary to read fluently and write fluidly. Over the course of 52 weeks (2 school years), your little ones will discover the joys of reading and writing, delighting in the process.
Each year the phonics of reading and writing is introduced in a logical progression from initial sounds to more complex patterns in three concise student journals. Our teacher guide is designed to help you mentor and inspire your students through their individual important work. There are no lessons to prepare, but rather time to come alongside.
Each week students will:
- Learn and practice phonics using miniature objects and colorful didactic flashcards
- Utilize a moveable alphabet and the sand tray to reinforce learning
- Read, write, and acquire sight vocabulary
- Read exceptional literature
- Create meaningful journal entries
- Engage in line-work activities that strengthen developing fine motor skills
For second year students in 1st or 2nd grade, we’ve added an element that teaches the four types of sentences and offers an opportunity to practice the art of sentence crafting using the miniature objects. Mazes, too, are a fun addition at this level, further developing fine motor skills and logic.
And, in line with all our offerings, we’ve tied writing to great stories. What better to spark the child’s imagination than an endearing tale?
All this, plus “just right” readers along the way, enables your students to practice phonics as it is being introduced.
We believe the best kind of learning is happy learning . Hatchlings will open the door to the wonder and potential of language, inspiring curiosity and independence along the way. Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available for pre-order at blackbirdandcompany.com April 1st. Hatchlings will begin shipping early June to those who place early orders. Stay tuned for more details.