Friday, December 2, 2016

Thank You to Our Contributors

J.M. Cataffo
Rhoades to Reading was written for older students who have not yet learned to read. My challenge, when writing the curriculum, was to build a sequence of skills that embedded best practice teaching methods and culminated in an easy to use lesson sequence.

The vocabulary in Rhoades to Reading is controlled. In other words, all vocabulary or the skills required to decode the vocabulary, are taught before asking a student to read the story. This is done to ensure reading success.

High interest stories were needed for grade levels 2-8 that, rather than insult the student, caused them to fall in love with reading. An "all call" was sent to writing groups to submit stories that met this criteria. The stories selected were from authors in the United States and Canada. The authors of stories included in the program range from a high school student (Submitted with the assistance of her English teacher) to an  octogenarian.

I appreciate, and so do the thousands of students who have read these stories, each and every author. They have grabbed the readers attention and have been a part of making learning fun.

Level A
Jenna Kreeger: Bull on the Beach
Geri Borcz: Deer Plots
Russel Spooner: A Hundred Hammers
Jacqueline Rhoades: My Homework

Level B
Christie Rose: The Big Scoop, The Taffy Pull
Brian Mossing: On The Couch
Melissa Mitchell: A Dog and His Boy
Chris R. Workman: Sugar Cookies
Corrine Contreras Workman: It's Not Christmas Until We Make Tamales
Sue Moss: Passover Memories
Jacqueline Rhoades: Grandpa, Sara, Martha, The House

Level C
Jacqueline Rhoades: Hank
Amy Sterling Casil: My Mom's Sugar Egg
Christie Rose: Robin
Tashina Manyak: Grandma's Penny
Jane Clarahan Method: Willow
Ruben Perez: Queen of the Highlands

Level D anthology
Christie Rose: Where Did That Come From, 
The Day the Bear Caught the Show,  Why Are Railroades Built That Way?

Claudine M. Jalajas: New Kid in School
Marsha L. Schuh: The Year of Confusion
Ann Marie Reese: Thumb and Cucumbers
Jennifer Wright: Yesterday
Ruth Solomon: School of Stone, The Greatest Measure Ever
Sybille Watson-Jones: The Elusive Eel
Elizabeth Boatman: Gato
Josepth Tintle: Bullies Bug Me
Annmarie B. Tait: Queen of Coleslaw
Mary Ann Robinson: An Ode to Old Joe

Saturday, October 22, 2016



Following are a few of the compliments received from parents, tutors, and teachers. 

6th Grade Teacher:

This is a subtle, yet fast-paced program which encourages students to practice spelling and vocabulary while having fun. Always interesting, always attainable, the program teaches itself with the teacher's manual and student worksheets.

Special Day Class Teacher:
Rhoades to Reading is a sensible, easy to teach, reading program with lessons already planned. Best of all, students learn to read.

On his entry to middle school my grandson was reading on a 2nd grade level. After receiving around 30 one-to-one sessions he is now reading at grade level. He scores well on the State test in reading and is gaining in the confidence I had always hoped for.

Because of the help received using Rhoades to Reading, my daughter is now working at grade level, receiving excellent grades, and is spending less time on homework. Retention is no longer an issue. Best of all, my daughter does enjoy school.

Mother and Father
To whom it may concern: Since beginning Rhoades to Reading our son has had so much improvement in his reading skills. He was struggling with reading and so far behind his peers. After just a few weeks using Rhoades to Reading he went up eight reading levels, a surprise to his teacher and parents.

I just wanted to let you know that I received my daughter’s progress reports today and I was VERY happy. My daughter so far is getting straight A's. Her confidence in school has improved and she no longer worries herself to sleep at night (about not completing her work).

Supervisor of Teacher Education:
I am particularly impressed with the fact that the Rhoades to Reading program can be used successfully by any number of students at any level of learning. The students in these classes are extremely motivated; they personally see their level of performance and proficiency rising and are obviously enjoying their successful learning experience.