The IDEAL partner for this Reading Bundle is OUR NEW BOOK, “Whole Child Reading: A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Learners with Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Delays.” It’s all the guidance you need!

The THIRD exciting step in our Special Reads Program is here!

This FIRST GRADE BUNDLE is now ready for graduates who have already mastered both our EMERGENT READER and PRIMER BUNDLES.

This bundle teaches the next required word list, the 41-word High Frequency List (Dolch List). The printable books I Can Read and Where Do You Live? combine to teach all 41 words on this next required list, as well as many high-interest words.

As always, our books and materials are carefully designed to compensate for learning weaknesses inherent in Down syndrome, as well as appealing to our children’s innate and irrepressible sense of pure fun.

In I CAN READ, a child is determined to teach a puppy to read. The puppy, on the other hand, is “outta here” with that idea. Follow the puppy as he evades learning with one diversion after another.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? has three sections which focus in turn on a baby seal, piglets, and a red bird. The book ends with open-ended questions which are the perfect tools for developing expressive language and comprehension appropriate for First Grade.

Comprehension Fun worksheets are included with this bundle, in both color-coded and plain versions. Initially, color-coding helps the student understand and identify the Who-What-Why-Where-When challenge; as comprehension develops, the second (non-colored) version can be used.

First Grade Reading Bundle

Our new FIRST GRADE BUNDLE is two-pronged, a balanced and entertaining mix of required word lists and fun.

High Frequency Word Books
Two printable books and CD* set includes:

  • Picture Book: I CAN READ
  • Picture Book: WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
  • LARGE FLASH CARDS for all words in both books, including both high frequency words and high interest words
  • TABLETOP CARDS for teaching and building new sentences from the books’ total vocabulary
  • COMPREHENSION FUN: student comprehension lessons for both books

The two printable books can also be taught from a computer screen, as the PDF files can be scrolled and the book read in that way. But we encourage you to print and bind the two picture books, as learning is more effective and faster with a physical book in hand.

First Grade Reading BundleSuper High Interest Books
MACARONI AND BALONEY Ready-Made Picture Book and companion interactive CD**

MACARONI AND BALONEY is pure fun wrapped around two young cooks who reject each other’s lunch choices but who change their minds in the end. Under cover of silliness and laughs, MACARONI AND BALONEY encourages diversity and open-mindedness, as well as teaching a bit about what goes into mac & cheese, and how to build a baloney sandwich.

*Mac/PC compatible.
**All features on the interactive CD are PC-compatible, with literacy and language games and much more. Mac users, though unable to access the interactive features, will be able to access and print the flash card fronts (in either black or red (preferred for learning)), flash card reverse sides in a small font, a handwriting sheet for practice of the book’s essential words, and for more advanced students, a crossword puzzle and puzzle key.

High Frequency Word Books
Enlarge 1st-grade sample pages
sample printable books and flash cards

Super High Interest Books

more about the Fun Component

What our customers say:
“I used your “Macaroni and Baloney” in my high school class. It worked great, is so “hip” and cool, and the concept is right on target. I also used one of your books at home with my 3-year-old son, and he loved it.He learned some of the words right away, and called out the words as we flashed the cards. My wife was so impressed!”
– L.G., Special Educator, Ohio

“Your books are delightful! Thank you so much for making Special Reads so much fun!”
– N.F., Indiana