Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Works for Me Wednesday- Merrill Readers for Remediation and Intervention

Last month I blogged about the change I made in Izzy's reading program.

We have been using Dianne Craft'sDaily Lesson Plans and suggested resources and have seen great progress just since January.

This program recommends the use of the Merrill Readers.These readers from A-H take the student from a pre-K reading level through a solid third grade reading level and are very good for reading intervention and remediation. From their web site:

Vocabulary-controlled stories provide the decoding and high-frequency practice readers need to become fluent.
Sight words are introduced a few at a time, so students are never overwhelmed.
Ample review and reinforcement ensures mastery, even for children with learning disabilities.
Words are carefully introduced according to sound/spelling patterns, giving students solid framework.

All of these have been very helpful to Izzy, especially the slow introduction of sight words and the use of careful spelling patterns.

I was able to purchase a few of these on e-Bay but be very careful as some of them are going at extraordinarily high prices.  The most expensive book in the series is only around $50 and the first three are only around $20, so I would urge caution in purchasing them to make sure you are getting the best prices.

These are:
Merrill Reading Program - I Can Student Reader - Level A © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747066

Merrill Reading Program - Dig In Student Reader - Level B © 1999ISBN: 9780026747073

Merrill Reading Program - Catch On Student Reader - Level C 1999
ISBN: 9780026747080

Merrill Reading Program - Get Set Student Reader - Level D © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747097

Merrill Reading Program - Step Up Student Reader - Level E © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747110

Merrill Reading Program - Lift Off Student Reader - Level F © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747127

Merrill Reading Program - Take Flight Student Reader - Level G © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747134

Merrill Reading Program - Break Through Student Reader - Level H © 1999
ISBN: 9780026747141

Works for Me!

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