All sets in each product are different. Once
students are introduced to the skills and shown how to do the manipulatives
or skills cards, they are able to work independently through the entire
series. By the time they complete all the sets, students demonstrate skill
proficiency. These structured, repetitive materials lead to student independence
and allow teachers to manage individualized reading programs.
For gifted or reluctant readers, from readiness through adult, these amazing materials work! Comprehensive Reading Manipulatives products assure that the full range of skills is covered. Students work at appropriate levels in materials they are interested in. As a result, skills and test scores improve.
A lab-like setting where students have choices
is remarkably effective. Active involvement builds accountability. Teachers
familiarize students with the skills and materials format. Then, in most
sets, students can select, complete, correct, and record their activities.
They are motivated to work through the sets and achieve superior results.
Manipulatives utilize natural approaches to develop key reading and writing abilities. Sequencing and blending are a few examples of many skills that can be taught more intuitively with manipulatives. When cumbersome directions and steps are eliminated, students are more apt to grasp concepts and improve skills.
The ability ranges and diversity in classrooms continue to widen. Many Reading Manipulatives products are multilevel. Students are placed in appropriate instructional levels. The abundant practice each level affords prepares them to move to higher levels. All levels have a similar appearance, taking away stigma that is often attached to materials used with special-needs students.
The comprehension, syntax, and usage materials use trivia and intriguing factual stories to engage students. As students improve reading and language arts skills, they learn about the world and its inhabitants.
Reading Manipulatives products are a great
value. The individualized materials are printed on cover-weight paper
and commercially laminated. The 3-mil film is nearly twice as thick as
what most schools use and is applied at high temperatures, allowing for
cutting after lamination. These durable materials should last for years.
Also, students tend to take care of the manipulatives because they appreciate
and enjoy them.
All of the 1000 plus sets and pieces within
them have unique codes. These are used for tracking completed sets and
selecting activities that have not yet been done. Codes maintain integrity
of the manipulatives by assuring that pieces are in the correct sets.
Products must be cut and packaged prior to use. Sheets are designed to make the cutting as easy as possible. Even though initial time must be invested, the manipulatives replace expendable materials. In the long run, time and resources are saved. Once classes have an array of instructional manipulatives in use, teachers are released from the daily drudgery of preparing seatwork for every reading group.
After students are introduced to a new series, they are able to select sets, work independently, correct their work, and record it on their checklists. Answer keys are provided whenever possible since students benefit from checking their own work. Guides contain black-line masters of checklists to copy and place in student folders. Students use these to choose sets and keep track of the ones they have completed.