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Is Literacy Resources, LLC a registered Chicago Public School vendor?
YES! Our CPS Vendor Number is 80014. We have direct online access to the CPS procurement web site and can download purchase orders as soon as they are approved.
Can I purchase the curriculum with a District Purchase Order?
Can I purchase this curriculum with a credit card?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover for online orders at the point of purchase only. Your credit card order can be safely and securely placed online by clicking here. We do not accept credit card payments for previously placed purchase orders.
Can I purchase this curriculum with a personal check?
We are no longer able to accept personal checks as payment for curriculum orders. You may place your order online with either a credit or debit card.
What are your shipping rates?
For orders under 100 books in the 48 Continental United States, shipping is charged at a flat 7% of the order total, with a minimum shipping charge of $12, and a maximum shipping charge of $112. If you are ordering 100 books or more, please contact us at email@example.com to obtain a quote for freight shipping.
For orders to Alaska, Hawaii, and International orders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a quote for shipping. Please include which version(s) of the curriculum you are interested in ordering, the quantity, and the exact shipping address. Please note that for international orders, we can only ship to commercial addresses (your school or district).
Is sales tax added to book purchases?
We are only required to charge sales tax for orders shipped within Illinois. Sales tax is not added to Illinois orders if we have your organization’s Illinois Sates Tax Exemption certificate on file. For online orders, we will notify you by email if we require a copy of the tax-exempt certificate, and we cannot process your order until the certificate is received. The IL tax-exempt number alone is not sufficient—we must have a copy of the certificate. Customers providing a tax-exempt certificate assume all responsibility for proper and correct usage of their organization’s tax exempt status. Organizations outside of Illinois that are not tax exempt are responsible for paying any sales tax directly to their state.
How are orders shipped?
All orders shipped within the US and Canada are shipped via UPS ground service, and originate from the Chicago area. UPS estimates delivery time to be between 1-5 business days for continental US orders, depending on the distance from Chicago. UPS does not guarantee delivery time for ground service, however. We always strive to ship orders on the same day if received by 2:00 p.m. CST, or the following business day for orders received after 2:00 p.m.
Can books be shipped outside of the US?
We currently are working with two sellers within AUSTRALIA. For more information you may contact:
Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP)
Fortitude Valley, QLD
Seelect Educational Supplies
For all other countries, please email us at email@example.com and include the following information: Name, School District or Organization, exact shipping address, is shipping address residential or commercial (UPS charges a premium for delivery to residential addresses so we encourage delivery to a school/office address), and exact items and quantities you are interested in ordering. Once we have that information we will reply with the exact shipping cost. If you then wish to order, you can call with the credit card payment information.
Can I pick up my books at the LRL office if I’m in the area?
No. All orders are shipped directly from our printer and we do not stock the books here in our office.
How do I get a copy of your W9 so I can place an order?
If you need a W-9 to add LRL as a vendor please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your district name and address.
I purchased one book thinking our kindergarten team could share it. I don't want to break copyright law by copying it… is it permissible to copy lessons to share with a grade-level team?
All of our curriculum is fully copryright protected, and therefore copying any part of the books is a violation of federal copyright laws.
Do you have an email address to submit orders with a PO?
Purchase orders may be sent to email@example.com
Is the curriculum aligned to State Standards?
Yes. The Primary Curriculum (yellow book) is aligned with the first grade Phonological Awareness Standards of the Common Core Standards, as well as LAFS and TEKS. Click here for a summary of the first grade alignment.
The Kindergarten Curriculum (blue book) is aligned with the kindergarten Phonological Awareness Standards of the Common Core Standards, as well as LAFS and TEKS. Click here for a summary of the kindergarten alignment.
How does the curriculum fit into the literacy block?
We suggest that phonemic awareness is 10 minutes of the literacy block within the school day. It can be used to complement any reading series. In each lesson students practice letter/sound mastery, onset fluency, blending, segmenting, identifying final and medial sounds, substituting, adding, and deleting phonemes, along with language awareness. The lessons are engaging and fast-paced, and provide students with phonemic awareness skills they need to succeed as readers.
Does the curriculum have to be done as a whole group?
The research is clear that all students can benefit from being taught phonemic awareness skills. Therefore we recommend that the lessons be presented to the entire class as part of the daily literacy block. The entire lesson or specific skills can then be repeated with small groups or one-on-one for students who remain insecure after the whole group lesson, i.e. Title I support, reading intervention groups, and Special Education support, etc.
Is there a difference between phonemic awareness skills and phonics skills?
YES! Phonemic awareness skills deal with the spoken language and are mainly auditory skills. Phonics skills deal with the printed and written language and are both auditory and visual. In phonemic awareness, students are being taught to hear and manipulate the sounds of language. In phonics, students are being taught which letters are associated with the sounds of the language. Both skills are crucial to reading mastery! These skills need to be combined, and it is my experience that this is best done during your word study time and not during your phonemic awareness time.
Is word study a part of the program?
Word study and phonics would be a separate piece of the literacy block, but we do want to see a transfer from phonemic awareness to phonics.
Is the program intended for use with Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 students?
The phonemic awareness program written by Dr. Michael Heggerty is a Tier 1 core program for phonemic awareness for PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. It can be used to provide tier 2 and tier 3 support through small group or individual instruction for students in grades K-8.
Does the curriculum include the letter cards used for the Letter Names & Sounds activity?
No. You can use any pack of cards for this activity, and we recommend that you shuffle the cards so that they are not in alphabetical order. You want the cards to be large enough for the whole class to be able to see at the same time. It is also important that you expose students to all the letters of the alphabet during this activity, so that students can master all the letter names and sounds. Cards should be added for blends, digraphs, and trigraphs as those combinations are introduced in the lessons. We also recommend that cards be created for letters who appearance varies with different fonts (ɑ, a, g, g). When you show each letter card, the students respond chorally, as a whole group, saying "The letter is __, the sound is __." All possible sounds should be included for each given letter.
Where should I start the lessons if implementing during a school year?
It is recommended that teachers using the Kindergarten curriculum use the following format when implementing midway through a school year: Week 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, and continue week by week from there. This provides time to introduce the different skills to the students, and it also provides students with instruction in more difficult skills, such as blending and segmenting words with more than 3 phonemes.
The Primary curriculum includes 35 weeks of lessons but can be implemented after the start of a school year. It is recommended that teachers using the Primary curriculum use the following format when implementing midway through a school year: Week 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13, and continue week by week from there. Weeks 19 and beyond introduce more complex activities for the advanced phonemic awareness skills, so this format provides teachers with the opportunity to work with these more complex skills before the end of the school year.
How should a 2nd grade classroom implement the curriculum (yellow book or green book)?
There is not a separate manual for 2nd grade, and there are not Phonological Awareness Standards in the Common Core State Standards for 2nd grade. We recommend that teachers begin the 2nd grade school year around week 15, and use the curriculum with the whole class for the first 20 weeks of school. After completing lessons 15-35, the teacher can then use the curriculum as a Tier 2 intervention with students who still need the additional support.
Is there any help available for what the hand motions should look like?
YES! In this helpful Hand Motion Video, Alisa Van Hekken explains and demonstrates how the hand motions are intended to be used with the daily phonemic awareness lessons.
What Professional Development is offered
We currently offer several professional development sessions, including pre-implementation training on the phonemic awareness curricula, post-implementation classroom observations, and phonics/decoding. A more detailed description of the sessions can be found here.
Is training necessary to successfully implement the curriculum?
No. The curricula were all written to be very user friendly, and many of our customers have successfully implemented the curriculum without a formal training on the process. However, teachers will certainly benefit from the training, as it includes some theory and research on phonemic awareness as well as the presentation of a sample lesson.
What is the cost of professional development?
The price varies depending on the topic, the length of the presentation and the number of participants. Please complete the Consulting Inquiry Form and we will contact you to discuss your needs.