LANGUAGE ARTS

Adventures: Primary Language Arts Book 1

Adventures: Primary Language Arts Book 1

Level: Primary

Series Title: Adventures

Subject: Language Arts

ISBN: 978 976 638 165 3

Pages: 184

Age Group: 6 - 7 years

Published: 2016

Adventures: Primary Language Arts Book 1 is the first in a new series of language arts texts that will replace Carib Language Arts Series (CLAS) at the primary level. This book provides extensive coverage of the topics taught in Grade 1 throughout the Caribbean. The material is presented in an exciting and interesting way that is guaranteed to make children want to learn and have fun while doing so.

Some important points to note about the book are:

  • The topics are taught through the play, discover, learn method – children are encouraged to learn by exploring their surroundings and playing with each other;
  • The material caters to children’s imagination, which will aid their cognitive development – the  main characters (the monkeys Max, Mikey and Mindy) take the children along several adventures as they are introduced to the various concepts;
  • There is a strong focus on penmanship, phonics, reasoning and problem-solving, as well as values and attitudes throughout the book;
  • Students are exposed to different Caribbean accents (via the accompanying audio CD), cultures and animals (mainly through the use of stories and images);
  • Individual learning and cooperative learning are encouraged and help to foster positive interdependence – children will learn and work together but have the opportunity to learn on their own;

Authors

Allison Wood-Pringle
is a former principal of Aboukir Primary and is an early childhood and primary level specialist.
Alecia Sawyers
is a successful teacher with over 25 years’ experience at Vaz Preparatory School.
Marcia Thomas-Powell
is the principal of Cascade Primary School and is a curriculum and instruction specialist with over 26 years experience at the primary secondary and tertiary levels.
Donna Werdenie
a graduate of Shortwood Teachers College has been a classroom teacher for over 14 years with experience at both the early childhood and primary levels.
Marlene Golding
is a Grade 4 teacher at Christiana Leased Primary and Infant School and is an accomplished primary level specialist with over 16 years experience.

Key Features

  • 10 core language arts units (on topics such as Alphabetical Order, Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns, Punctuation, Blends and Letter Sounds) – see pages 1–113
  • 7 practice units to ensure students have a full understanding of the concepts and improve their reading and critical thinking skills (cross references are made between the core book and workbook – see pages 1-62 (at the back of the book for practice exercises); see examples of cross references on pages 3, 25, 50, 65
  • Integrated content with real-life scenarios – see examples on pages 3, 8, 28-30, 41, 46-47, 49, 74, 102
  • Various stimuli and assessment methods – see examples on pages 6, 10, 15, 20, 31, 38-39, 53, 61, 63, 84, 88, 104, 108-109
  • Numerous comprehension passages which are often followed by a broad range of questions  (from knowledge based to evaluation type) – see examples on pages 16, 28-29, 42, 46, 61-62, 64-65, 67-68, 74, 80-81, 94-95
  • Useful tips for teachers and parents – see page 114
  • Material that is pan-Caribbean in focus and relevant to everyday life – see pages 3, 23-24, 42-43, 46, 64, 74, 80, 110

Look out For:

  • It’s a Jungle Out There – focuses on building vocabulary and improving phonetic skills
  • Sound Cheer – enhances students’ listening and pronunciation skills; they are asked to listen to words and letters of words, then shout what they hear
  • Reading Fun – develops students’ reading and listening skills through stories
  • Author’s Chair – allows students to share what they write, express themselves freely and to become confident speakers
  • On the Playing Field – incorporates fun activities that allow the children to observe, explore and engage in structured play outside that gives further practice to the concepts taught in class. It also puts them in touch with nature and is therefore ideal for the kinesthestic and nature-smart child.
  • Word Trail – provides fun word games that will improve students’ vocabulary