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The Spectrum® Reading eBook for grade 1 strengthens reading skills by increasing children’s ability to understand and analyze text.• Illustrated fiction, informational texts, and engaging exercises improve reading for enhanced learning across disciplines. • This 158-page downloadable resource promotes reading proficiency and improves the understanding of word recognition, letters, sounds, details, and key ideas. • This best-selling series is a favorite of parents and teachers because it is carefully designed to be both effective and engaging—the perfect building blocks for a lifetime of learning.• Your Printable will open in a browser or a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader, save to your device and print. Carson Dellosa’s Printables collection gives educators of all kinds the satisfaction of store-bought supplies with the convenience of at-home printing! Whether you want to refresh your lesson plans or enhance the look of your learning environments—get everything you need in a click with our instant-download digital files.

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  1. Brandon & Isabelle

    We purchased 9 of these Spectrum books (3 Reading, 3 Language Arts & 3 Writing, Grades 6, 3, &1) and we ended up returning all of them, except for Spectrum Reading, Grade 1. We started homeschooling on our own after the schools closed down due to COVID-19. I bought these books as a way to help the kids round out their school year since the public schools were in a scramble to adapt to online learning. While I love their set up, it required too much daily writing. We bought 9 of these books so this review is going to be copied and pasted on to each one. If you have a reluctant writer or are planning on buying several different Spectrum workbooks for one child, then I will warn you that the workbooks require a lot of writing. A LOT of writing. If you do love the layout of these books, then I would suggest that you alternate which ones your child works on in a single day. My oldest daughter (6th grade) is not a reluctant writer and even she dreaded having to do these books. So if you want to try them out I suggest only getting one at a time and doing only a page a day. A lesson is generally 2-3 pages. If you have a reluctant writer those 2-3 pages will take over an hour to complete. If you child has no issue with writing, then they might be a good fit. Or if you are just wanting one workbook to help your child brush up on certain skills it can be a great choice. I also noticed the the workbooks seem to stay on the same topic no matter which grade level book you are working out of. So if the 6th grade book was on a lesson about pronouns, then the same lesson number would also be about pronouns in the 3rd & 1st grade books. So this can be helpful if you have multiple children and want to keep them on the same lesson idea. Just be aware that while many line up exactly there are a few off here and there. The only one of these workbooks we enjoyed is the Spectrum Reading, Grade 1. There is little to no writing required in the book. The first half is an ongoing story about Little Duck. So you read three story “clips” and then ask your child the questions written below the clips. This is normally only a few minutes long, depending on how talkative your child is when it comes to the answers. The other side of the lesson generally has 1-3 photos in 3 rows and the directions are as simple as circling what goes together, number the sequence, write the beginning sound, write the ending sound, identify the cluster, etc. Very little writing. We haven’t yet gotten to the second part of the book, but it looks like it is going to be longer stories with comprehension questions. I can update my review once we hit that part. If you need ideas for what else to look for in case you decide against these workbooks: We ended up switching out our 6th grade writing for an actual writing program (Essentials in Writing), our 3rd & 1st grade writing book was switched out for Writing with Ease (available on Amazon, highly recommend if you have reluctant writers). Our 6th grade language arts was switched out for the same program she does for writing. The language arts for 3rd &1st grade was switched out for Grammar Galaxy. Our 3rd grade reading workbook was replaced with 180 Days of Reading, 4th Grade (same comprehension workbook, but the answers are in multiple choice form instead of writing out long answers). Our 6th grade reading has been replaced for now with Evan Moor’s Greek and Roman Myths Literature Pockets (also on Amazon).Read more

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  2. Cece Not-So-Usual

    Not quite what I was expecting. I guess I was confusing Spelling and Reading. It is very slow moving. We are using it for homeschooling. The left page has a few cartoon frames and a sentence of an on-going story to go with each. The right page has some letter/sound/comprehension exercises. The cartoon story is picked up again on the next left page. There are a total of 4 or 5 “stories” in the book. My complaint about the right hand pages is that the pictures are often hard to guess (what letter does this word start with? Well, would a kid call that a hat or a cap? See what I mean?) We will use it, but I don’t think it is teaching him much. I like the DK Workbooks: Spelling much better.Read more

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  3. GG

    Great Reading book for advanced Kindergarten class and First grade students. The text features are great for students to grasp reading comprehension ( text font, rich pictures, teaching two skills in one lesson, etc.) I will purchase more of Spectrum books in the future. Great teaching and learning tools for students and educators.Read more

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  4. Daniel W.

    I really liked the Spectrum math books, but this one was weak. The stories and activities did not hold my daughter’s attention and were poorly developed. It fell like many of the activities were not construed in a coherent way as to foster a systematic understanding of the subject matter.Read more

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  5. Ho_Be_One

    Each page is a little more advanced than the previous one but on the same general story, with questions to ask about the general understanding of the story and some quick sounds problems. Very nice approach!Read more

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  6. Amazon Customer

    Great book for homeschoolers. Easy to use and understand.Read more

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  7. K. H.

    Easy for my son to follow through and can work independentlyRead more

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  8. Mamaknows

    We are using this to supplement our special education homeschool reading and language arts program. It has been a very helpful tool so farRead more

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  9. Mrs.P.

    Great activity book for the advanced kindergarten child or the child reading at their grade level. Easy activities included with each story.Read more

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  10. lafoto

    I thought the book was too hard for a beginning first grader. However, other parents thought it was great for the children. If you have a struggling reader, you may want to start with Kumon Reading first, and then get this one after they build up some fluency.Read more

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  11. Pierre

    The reading passages are high interest for first and second graders, but the reading comprehension questions are too easy, and the first answer is almost always the correct answer.Read more

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  12. EJW

    Needs more repetition to be of more value.Read more

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  13. Vandana Singh

    GoodRead more

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  14. Brandon & Isabelle

    We purchased 9 of these Spectrum books (3 Reading, 3 Language Arts & 3 Writing, Grades 6, 3, &1) and we ended up returning all of them, except for Spectrum Reading, Grade 1. We started homeschooling on our own after the schools closed down due to COVID-19. I bought these books as a way to help the kids round out their school year since the public schools were in a scramble to adapt to online learning. While I love their set up, it required too much daily writing. We bought 9 of these books so this review is going to be copied and pasted on to each one. If you have a reluctant writer or are planning on buying several different Spectrum workbooks for one child, then I will warn you that the workbooks require a lot of writing. A LOT of writing. If you do love the layout of these books, then I would suggest that you alternate which ones your child works on in a single day. My oldest daughter (6th grade) is not a reluctant writer and even she dreaded having to do these books. So if you want to try them out I suggest only getting one at a time and doing only a page a day. A lesson is generally 2-3 pages. If you have a reluctant writer those 2-3 pages will take over an hour to complete. If you child has no issue with writing, then they might be a good fit. Or if you are just wanting one workbook to help your child brush up on certain skills it can be a great choice. I also noticed the the workbooks seem to stay on the same topic no matter which grade level book you are working out of. So if the 6th grade book was on a lesson about pronouns, then the same lesson number would also be about pronouns in the 3rd & 1st grade books. So this can be helpful if you have multiple children and want to keep them on the same lesson idea. Just be aware that while many line up exactly there are a few off here and there. The only one of these workbooks we enjoyed is the Spectrum Reading, Grade 1. There is little to no writing required in the book. The first half is an ongoing story about Little Duck. So you read three story “clips” and then ask your child the questions written below the clips. This is normally only a few minutes long, depending on how talkative your child is when it comes to the answers. The other side of the lesson generally has 1-3 photos in 3 rows and the directions are as simple as circling what goes together, number the sequence, write the beginning sound, write the ending sound, identify the cluster, etc. Very little writing. We haven’t yet gotten to the second part of the book, but it looks like it is going to be longer stories with comprehension questions. I can update my review once we hit that part. If you need ideas for what else to look for in case you decide against these workbooks: We ended up switching out our 6th grade writing for an actual writing program (Essentials in Writing), our 3rd & 1st grade writing book was switched out for Writing with Ease (available on Amazon, highly recommend if you have reluctant writers). Our 6th grade language arts was switched out for the same program she does for writing. The language arts for 3rd &1st grade was switched out for Grammar Galaxy. Our 3rd grade reading workbook was replaced with 180 Days of Reading, 4th Grade (same comprehension workbook, but the answers are in multiple choice form instead of writing out long answers). Our 6th grade reading has been replaced for now with Evan Moor’s Greek and Roman Myths Literature Pockets (also on Amazon).Read more

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  15. Cece Not-So-Usual

    Not quite what I was expecting. I guess I was confusing Spelling and Reading. It is very slow moving. We are using it for homeschooling. The left page has a few cartoon frames and a sentence of an on-going story to go with each. The right page has some letter/sound/comprehension exercises. The cartoon story is picked up again on the next left page. There are a total of 4 or 5 “stories” in the book. My complaint about the right hand pages is that the pictures are often hard to guess (what letter does this word start with? Well, would a kid call that a hat or a cap? See what I mean?) We will use it, but I don’t think it is teaching him much. I like the DK Workbooks: Spelling much better.Read more

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  16. GG

    Great Reading book for advanced Kindergarten class and First grade students. The text features are great for students to grasp reading comprehension ( text font, rich pictures, teaching two skills in one lesson, etc.) I will purchase more of Spectrum books in the future. Great teaching and learning tools for students and educators.Read more

    Helpful(0) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this
  17. Daniel W.

    I really liked the Spectrum math books, but this one was weak. The stories and activities did not hold my daughter’s attention and were poorly developed. It fell like many of the activities were not construed in a coherent way as to foster a systematic understanding of the subject matter.Read more

    Helpful(0) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this
  18. Ho_Be_One

    Each page is a little more advanced than the previous one but on the same general story, with questions to ask about the general understanding of the story and some quick sounds problems. Very nice approach!Read more

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  19. Amazon Customer

    Great book for homeschoolers. Easy to use and understand.Read more

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  20. K. H.

    Easy for my son to follow through and can work independentlyRead more

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  21. Mamaknows

    We are using this to supplement our special education homeschool reading and language arts program. It has been a very helpful tool so farRead more

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  22. Mrs.P.

    Great activity book for the advanced kindergarten child or the child reading at their grade level. Easy activities included with each story.Read more

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  23. lafoto

    I thought the book was too hard for a beginning first grader. However, other parents thought it was great for the children. If you have a struggling reader, you may want to start with Kumon Reading first, and then get this one after they build up some fluency.Read more

    Helpful(0) Unhelpful(0)You have already voted this
  24. Pierre

    The reading passages are high interest for first and second graders, but the reading comprehension questions are too easy, and the first answer is almost always the correct answer.Read more

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  25. EJW

    Needs more repetition to be of more value.Read more

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  26. Vandana Singh

    GoodRead more

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