Apples & Pears Teacher’s Notes A

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ISBN 9781905174256 (3rd edition)

This book is printed-on-demand in Australia.

This book is designed for teaching spelling to absolute beginners. Before they start, children should be able to recognise most letters by sound and be able to trace a letter approximately ½ inch high with reasonable accuracy.
This page of dictation exercises shows the level of proficiency expected at the end of Apples and Pears Book A.

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Apples and Pears

Teacher’s Notes A

ISBN 9781905174256 (3rd edition)

This is the appropriate book for absolute beginners (use our Placement Tests to find the best starting point). Children should be able to recognise most letters by sound before they start. They should also have enough co-ordination to trace a letter approximately ½ inch high with reasonable accuracy. Apples and Pears Book A contains some handwriting practice, but this may not be enough for a dyspraxic child. If this is a problem, see Handwriting.

In the first exercises, the pupil writes or traces the individual letters dictated by the teacher. Pupils are taught to spell basic digraphs (sh, ee, ar, ch, th, ck, or) and the trigraphs ing and all. They are taught the patterns represented by me, she, he, we, be and my, try, why. Carefully planned multi-sensory sound discrimination exercises ensure that children’s phonological awareness and segmenting skills improve rapidly.

Additional basic spelling patterns, such as ay, qu, and igh are introduced later in the book. Pupils continue phonological drills (saying the phonemes in a word), and they start to learn a morphological approach spelling with the use of prefixes and suffixes. Mastery Tests ensure that the pupil has mastered the material and is ready to progress.

1 review for Apples & Pears Teacher’s Notes A

  1. Tafa

    We started homeschooling our Year 2 student this year, after two years in school. His writing was very poor, with many letters written backwards and formed incorrectly, and all words spelled phonetically. Words such as “mark”, “torch” and “well” were beyond his ability. I was fairly certain that this inability was simply the result of lack of practice (and learning) rather than a learning difficulty. Well, here we are roughly 6 months later, and we are nearly through this book. Yesterday, my son wrote “How much will Miss Black give me for five of my socks?” with no trouble. My son strongly dislikes writing, which is understandable after spending a long time thinking he was incapable, and so we broke the lessons into two parts to make it a little more manageable.

    I highly recommend these books for learning to write. I have a kindy student as well who is roughly half-way through this book, and is already writing at a far higher level than his Year 2 aged brother was at the start of this year. The books follow a logical progression of introducing spelling and grammar patterns and reinforcing what has been learned. Thank you so much for this invaluable resource.

    Oh and, the writer, Hilary Burkard, has always been very helpful and prompt in replying to any enquiries I have, including what to do when my kindy student briefly hit a rough patch. So, cheers again!

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The Apples & Pears Set consists of:

One copy of each of Teacher’s Notes and Workbooks A – D

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