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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.

 

 

English Writing Compostion 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 Writing Composition workbook.  The purpose of the English Writing Composition workbooks is to help Spanish speakers improve their English writing skills. The English Writing Composition workbooks use a structured and systematic approach to teach the different writing skills. Book 1 in theseriesbegins by teaching basic sentence structure, progresses to longer, more detailed sentences, and ends with students writing informative paragraphs. In Book 6, students are composing informative, operational, persuasive and contrast/comparison essays.

The workbooks are bilingual.  The directions are in Spanish.  The English translations for the Spanish directions are located at the back of each book.  There is also an answer key at the back.

As with all skills, writing takes practice, practice, and more practice to become proficient.  The English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker series provides the practice and information Spanish speakers need to improve their English writing composition skills.

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.com.  Teacher 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.

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.comor call us at 1-888-407-1187.

 

Workbooks to Help Spanish-Speaking Teens and Adults Learn English

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Fisher Hill has many workbooks to help Spanish-speaking teens and adults learn English.  Fisher Hill now has a Spanish side to their website.

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com.  To view our website in Spanish, click on the word Español on the top toolbar in the right corner. On the Spanish side of the webpage, only ebooks can be downloaded.  If you want a hard copy of the books, you can order those from the English side of the website.

To navigate through our website,

  1. first put in the address www.Fisher-Hill.com.  This will bring you to the English side.
  2. From the top toolbar, you can click on Fisher Hill Store.
  3. Then scroll down to click on the different workbook topics. You can then click on a workbook. This will bring you to a page that will give you information about the workbook.
  4. On this page, you can click on Sample Pages to view pages from the workbook. There is also an option where you can choose to purchase a hardcopy of the book or ebook.

On the English side of www.Fisher-Hill.com, on the top toolbar, you can click on Teacher Resources.  This will bring you to a page where you can view sample pages or lessons from each workbook.  Under Reading and Spelling, there are activities, for example: Word and Sentence Practice with the Short /a/ Sound. Also under Reading and Spelling, are six Placement Tests and instructions on how to use the Placement Tests that go with our English Literacy Program for Spanish-Speaking teens and Adults: Instructions for Sound Spelling Placement Tests, and  Sound Spelling Placement Test Book 1.

From the Home Page, you can click on any book to take you to it’s page and then if you click again on the book, it will take you to more information about the book.

On the Spanish side of www.Fisher-Hill.com, from the top toolbar, you can click on Recursos Para Los Maestros, to find the Placement Tests for our English Literacy Program for Spanish Speaking Teens and Adults,  Clave de respuestas de la prueba de deletreo fonético Nivel 1.  There are instructions in Spanish on how to use these Placement Tests Pruebas de determinación del nivel de deletreo fonético

Workbooks to Help Spanish-Speaking Teens and Adults Learn English

If you have difficulty navigating through our website, you can call us at 1-888-407-1187 or email us at info@fisher-hill.com

English Writing Composition Workbook Series for Spanish Speakers

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Fisher Hill has a six-workbook series call English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker.  This series was written to help Spanish speakers improve their English writing skills. The series uses a structured and systematic approach in teaching the different writing skills. English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1begins by teaching basic sentence structure, progresses to longer, more detailed sentences, and ends with students writing informative paragraphs. The final book in the series includes instruction and practice for writing compound and complex sentences. It also provides instruction and practice for writing essays. By the time students finish the six-book writing series, they will be able to compose informative, operational, and persuasive essays.  These six workbooks are full of writing activities and graphic organizers to help students improve their writing skills.

The workbooks are bilingual. The directions are in Spanish. The English translations for the Spanish directions are located at the back of each book. There is also an answer key at the back.  

As with all skills, writing takes practice, practice, and more practice to become proficient. The English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker series provides the practice and information Spanish speakers need to improve their English writing composition skills.

English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speakeris an excellent series to use in conjunction with English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speakerand English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speakerseries because the books in all three series use the same vocabulary. English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speakeris another six-book series that reinforces the vocabulary presented in the other three series.  By using the four series together, students get an excellent foundation in English literacy.

On our website, there are placement tests to determine which level a student should begin.  A student needs a score of 80% on the placement test 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.com. Teacher Resources can be found on the top toolbar.  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.  The Sound Spelling Placement Tests are spelling tests to determine if a student has mastered the sounds for that level.  The teacher or volunteer gives the spelling test to the student. There are also student test forms under Teacher Resources.

Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there’s lots of pictures but the content is for adults.  Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go!  

Fisher Hill English Composition Workbooks for Spanish speakers

Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker and our other series for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.