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English Reading Comprehension for Spanish Speakers

Structured Literacy – English Reading Comprehension for Spanish Speakers

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Fisher Hill’s literacy workbooks use a structured literacy approach.  All the books are based on Orton-Gillingham practices.  Most of Fisher Hill’s workbooks are for Spanish-speaking teens and adults to learn to read and write in English.

Kathy Fisher is the owner of Fisher Hill and the author of the workbooks. She taught reading for 17 years.  She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has two boys who had difficulty learning to read.  One son graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and the other son dropped out of high school, passed the high school proficiency test, and worked at Twitter before he was twenty years old making more money than his mother who had a master’s degree in Education.  Needless to say, the boys school experiences at times were not a joyful affair especially with the younger one who finally dropped out of school when he was sixteen.

School can be extremely difficult for children who have a hard time learning to read.  As a teacher, I loved teaching reading because I knew what to do.  I joined IDA when my boys had difficulty learning to read. This reading difficulty came as a shock to me because I had read to them since they were babies. They had gone to Mommy and Me classes, story time at the library, and they had plenty of books at home.  IDA taught me how to teach reading.  They taught me about Orton-Gillingham.  I knew what to do.  I did not depend on the school’s textbooks to teach reading.

The workbooks I’ve written use a very structured, systematic, explicit approach to teach the English speech sounds to read and spell.  The series called English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker helps Spanish speakers improve their English reading comprehension skills. Each workbook has twenty lessons and there are six workbooks in the series.

For the first three workbooks:

 Each lesson begins with a vocabulary page.

 The next page in the lesson is a practice page for the new vocabulary words.

 The third page in the lesson is a visualization page.

 The fourth page in the lesson is a story to practice fluency.

 The fifth page in the lesson is a comprehension page for the story.

 The sixth page in the lesson is a reading practice page.

 The last page in the lesson is the Answer Key.

For the last three workbooks:

Each lesson begins with a vocabulary page.

 The next page in the lesson is a practice page for the new vocabulary words.

 The third page in the lesson is a story.

 The fourth page in the lesson is a comprehension page for the story.

 The fifth and sixth pages in the lesson are reading practice pages.

 The last page in the lesson is the Answer Key.

Reading smoothly (fluency) is an important skill. Fluency allows readers to think about what they are reading instead of having to think about sounding out words. Decoding skills need to be learned and practiced so these skills become automatic when reading words. Visualizing (making pictures in your head) helps readers remember what they have read. Good vocabulary skills help readers visualize. Readers cannot visualize a word if they do not know its meaning. All of these skills: fluency, visualizing, vocabulary, and decoding are necessary for reading comprehension.

Reading comprehension is the goal of reading. Reading is an essential skill for jobs and daily life. Many people enjoy reading and say it is one of their favorite pastimes. Others read only when it is necessary. Whichever the case may be, everyone needs to know how to read. Learning to read comes more easily to some people than others. Most people need to be taught how to read. It is different from learning how to talk. Learning to read can be a very difficult for some people, but with practice, most everyone can learn how to read.

Students like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, plenty of pictures but the content is for older students. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go!

The workbooks are appropriate for using with an entire class or with individual students. The directions are in Spanish with English translations at the end of the workbook.

Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our  website you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com or call us at 1-888-407-1187.

 

 

Structured Literacy

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Fisher Hill’s literacy workbooks use a structured literacy approach.  The books are based on Orton-Gillingham practices.  Most of Fisher Hill’s workbooks are for Spanish-speaking teens and adults to learn to read and write in English.

Kathy Fisher is the owner of Fisher Hill and the author of the workbooks. She taught reading for 17 years.  She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and has two boys who had difficulty learning to read.  One son graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and the other son dropped out of high school, passed the high school proficiency test, and worked at Twitter before he was twenty years old making more money than his mother who had a master’s degree in Education.  Needless to say, the boys school experiences at times were not a joyful affair especially with the younger one who finally dropped out of school when he was sixteen.

School can be extremely difficult for children who have a hard time learning to read.  As a teacher, I loved teaching reading because I knew what to do.  I joined IDA when my boys had difficulty learning to read. This reading difficulty came as a shock to me because I had read to them since they were babies. They had gone to Mommy and Me classes, story time at the library, and they had plenty of books at home.  IDA taught me how to teach reading.  They taught me about Orton-Gillingham.  I knew what to do.  I did not depend on the school’s textbooks to teach reading.

The workbooks I’ve written use a very structured, systematic, explicit approach to teach the English speech sounds to read and spell.  The series called English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker uses phonics, phonemic awareness and other phonological skills to teach the speech sounds.  This series has six workbooks.  After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker  Book 1, students are ready to practice their beginning reading skills by using English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. (There are six workbooks in this series). After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, they can also begin practicing writing by using English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. (There are six workbooks in this series). After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, students can use English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 to review the vocabulary presented in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1.  (There are six workbook in the English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker series.) After completing the four workbooks at each level, students will have an excellent foundation in English literacy.  There are six level in the literacy program.

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Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our  website you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com or call us at 1-888-407-1187.

 

 

How to Use Fisher Hill’s Website

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Are you looking for a certain workbook on Fisher Hill’s website but can’t find it?  This blog will help you find the book you’re looking for. The easiest way to find a book is to go to the Fisher Hill Store.  You can find this on the top tool bar.  Click on Fisher-Hill Store and a menu will pop up.  From that menu:

Click on Speaking and Listening if you want the workbooks for the English for the Spanish Speakers series.

Click on Reading and Spelling if you want the workbooks for the English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker series.

Click on Reading Comprehension if you want the workbooks for the English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker series.

Click on Writing Composition if you want the workbooks for the English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker series.

Click on Vocabulary if you want the workbooks for the English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker series.

On the top tool bar, you will also find Teacher Resources.  Click on Teacher Resources and a menu will pop up. From that menu:

 Click on Speaking and Listening if you want to see sample pages for the English for the Spanish Speaker books.

Click on Reading and Spelling if you want to see activities to use with the Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1.  Or to view Sample Lessons for the English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker workbooks.  Or to view Placement Tests for Fisher Hill’s Literacy Program and directions on how to give the tests.

Click on Reading Comprehension to view Sample Lessons for workbooks from the English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker workbooks.

Click on the other Headings to see Sample Pages for our other workbooks.

As with all Fisher Hill workbooks, the activities and lessons are not overwhelming. The workbooks are explicit, systematic and very structured.  Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, most workbooks have many pictures yet the content is for adults. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There’s an answer key at the end of each lesson and English translations of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.

On the Home Page, you can always just click on any workbook, to order the book or to view Sample Pages from that book.

Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our  website you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com or call us at 1-888-407-1187.

English Reading Comprehension for Spanish Speakers

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Fisher Hill has an excellent literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults to learn English.  The program has six levels.  Each level has four workbooks:

a Reading and Spelling workbook

a Reading Comprehension workbook

a Writing Composition workbook

and a Vocabulary workbook

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Each level begins with the English Reading and Spelling workbook.  After completing the English Reading and Spelling workbook, students can begin the English Reading Comprehension workbook.  The purpose of the English Reading Comprehension workbook is to help Spanish speakers improve their English reading comprehension skills.  Reading comprehension is the ability to draw meaning from written words.

The English Reading Comprehension workbooks are made up of twenty lessons.  Lessons include practice with fluency, vocabulary, visualization, comprehension, phonology and phonics.  There is an answer key at the end of each lesson.

Reading smoothly (fluency) is an important skill. Fluency allows readers to think about what they are reading instead of thinking about sounding out words. Decoding skills need to be learned and practiced so these skills become automatic when reading words.  Visualizing (making pictures in your head) helps readers remember what they have read. Good vocabulary skills help readers visualize.  Readers cannot visualize a word if they do not know its meaning. All of these skills:  fluency, visualizing, vocabulary, and decoding are necessary for reading comprehension.

Reading comprehension is the goal of reading. Reading is an essential skill for jobs and daily life.  Many people enjoy reading and say it is one of their favorite pastimes.  Others read only when it is necessary. Whichever the case may be, everyone needs to know how to read.  Learning to read comes more easily to some people than others.  Most people need to be taught how to read.  It is different from learning to talk. Learning to read can be very difficult for some people but with practice, most everyone can learn to read.

On our website, if you click on any workbook, you can view sample pages from that book.

On our website, there are placement tests to determine on which level a student should begin the literacy program.  A student needs a score of 80% to go to the next level. For example, if a student gets 60% on the placement test for level one, then that student needs to begin with level one with English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. Each level begins with the Reading and Spelling workbook.

These placement tests can be found under Teacher Resources on our website www.Fisher-Hill.comTeacher Resources can be found on the top tool bar.  Click on Teacher Resources, then click on Reading and Spelling.  Then scroll down to the placement tests. The placement tests are called Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 and so forth. Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1 is for level one. Here you will also find instructions on how to give the tests.

There are other teacher resources for these workbooks on our website.  There is a Scope and Sequence to help you use the workbooks. There are Word and Sentence Practice pages and Word Chains to help with fluency.

Visit us online at www.Fisher-Hill.com to view all of our workbooks.  If you have any questions about our workbooks or how to navigate our  website you can email us at info@Fisher-Hill.com or call us at 1-888-407-1187.