Listen and Write provides lots of practice in writing individual letters and in hearing the sounds that letters make in simple words. This level is for a beginning reader who is still learning letter names and sounds and how to hold a pencil properly when writing.
If you can answer “Yes” to all of these questions, your student is ready to begin Listen and Write:
- Can my student focus on a worksheet for at least 10 minutes?
- Can my student identify most of the letters of the alphabet?
- Can my student hold a pencil and write a three-letter word?
- Does my student understand that letters make sounds?
- Lessons 1–3: Letter Formation and Consonant Sounds
- Lesson 4: Introduction to Dictation, Focus on Short a
- Lesson 5: Focus on Short i
- Lesson 6: Review of Short a and Short i
- Lesson 7: Reading the Words Back
- Lesson 8: Review of Short a and i, Focus on Short o
- Lesson 9: Review of Short a, i, and o
- Lesson 10: Recording the Student’s Time (Optional)
- Lesson 11: More Review of Short a, i, and o
- Lesson 12: Focus on Short u
- Lesson 13: Review of Short o and Short u
- Lesson 14: Focus on Short e
- Lesson 15: Review of All Short Vowels
- Lesson 16: Introduction to Blends, Short a
- Lesson 17: Beginning Blends, Short i
- Lesson 18: Beginning Blends, Short a, i, and o
- Lesson 19: Beginning Blends, Review of Short a, i, and o
- Lesson 20: Beginning Blends, Focus on Short u
- Lesson 21: Beginning Blends, Review of Short a, i, o, and u
- Lesson 22: Beginning Blends, Focus on Short e
- Lesson 23: Review of Beginning Blends and Short Vowels
- Lesson 24: Digraphs—ch and th
- Lesson 25: Another Digraph—sh
- Lesson 26: End Blends and Review
- Lesson 27: End Blends, Digraphs, and Review
- Lesson 28: Review of End Blends, Short Vowels, and Digraphs
- Lesson 29: Digraph—ck
- Lesson 30: Double Consonant Endings
- Lesson 31: Review
- Lessons 32–34: Five‑Letter Words with Vowel Box Shaded
- Lessons 35–36: Five‑Letter Words with No Vowel Box Shaded
A Typical Week
Students in Listen and Write complete one page per day. The student should spend no more than 10 minutes on the given activities, whether the page is completed or not.
Each week the nature and complexity of the activities change, so be sure to follow the directions in the Instructor’s Handbook for each lesson.
- Practice Writing Letters
- Practice Writing Words From Dictation
- Reading Words Aloud and Together