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Little Stories for Little Folks: Catholic Phonics Readers
Nancy Nicholson

Little Stories for Little Folks is a two-year, Catholic, phonics-based reading program designed to be started in kindergarten and completed in first grade. Beginning with colorful flashcards printed on stiff cardstock and active games for alphabet letter and sound recognition, the program progresses to pre-reading exercises which teach the student to blend sounds into words. The child then begins reading the 45 colorfully illustrated stories about other homeschool families! Each story is printed on 8½"×11" sheets to be folded into little booklets, which give the child the satisfaction of finishing a “whole book.” Booklets are illustrated mini-stories containing words from new phonics concepts, as well as words learned in previous lessons, to provide maximum word exposure (nearly 7,000 words!). 

Every lesson is immediately preceded by a parent instruction page which shows in simple steps how to present the reading exercises, worksheets, and stories. All of these are organized and contained under one cover, making presentation of lessons super-simple. By the time the child completes Little Stories for Little Folks in first grade, he will be reading at a second- to third-grade level. 

Tear-off pad, shrink-wrapped. Sixth edition. Full color! 302 pgs. 8½"×11"  

A complete, two-year program for one low price!




From the author: "Teaching word families is probably the most gratifying way for a child to quickly discover that there are patterns to words and that they can read a LOT of words even when they are just beginning. Nothing breeds success like success! Drill, with the exception of flashcards in the pre-reading stage, can seem so pointless and dry to the child that it is almost self-defeating. They want to READ! The best way to practice sounds is within words within sentences within interesting, short stories!"

See also Little Stories for Little Folks’ companion workbooks: Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level K and Level 1. These workbooks provide story-by-story phonics practice as primary students copy and reinforce letter combinations and words that they have just read in Little Stories for Little Folks. Children master reading skills even more rapidly when using these companion workbooks.

Higher level reading practice is presented through engaging, character-building stories in What Do You Like to Do..., What Can You Do...Bigger Stories for Little Folks, Devotional Stories for Little Folks, and Devotional Stories for Little Folks, Too.

Recommended core text in CHC Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade.

Take a tour of the Kindergarten and First Grade materials here


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“Our 8 year old daughter was struggling with reading. Having tried everything else without much success, I ordered Little Stories for Little Folks, remembering that it was this series that helped our older daughter learn to read when all else failed. Well, my younger daughter is reading now, too, thanks to the Little Stories for Little Folks series. Thank you and God Bless!”
- Roberta, PA
“I recommend these readers for any family needing a simple and successful phonics and reading program. This year my 5-year-old started the program as suggested. "Mr. Five" is a child who challenges me every step of the way, on everything. But I never heard him complain when I said it was time to read Little Stories. He finished his last Level 1 booklet this week, reading it aloud to me with fluency. This story is entitled "Messy Room." After reading the booklet he said two things to me, "Mom, I want to clean my room better too." And later he asked me, "I'm done with reading? Does that mean I have to wait until next year to read the other stories?" (If you knew my "Mr. Five," you would also know how much his responses amazed and delighted me!)

I can not recommend this program enough. My sons have benefited both from sound phonics-based reading and gentle lessons in virtues. Each has identified with the children in the stories and always want to know what the children would be doing in the next booklet.

(A tongue in cheek warning: Mrs. Nicholson's stories are liked so much that it may cause the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" syndrome in your house! (If you give your children Little Stories for Little Folks, you'll have to give them Bigger Stories for Little Folks, and when they finish reading those stories, they will want to read Devotional Stories for Little Folks, and Devotional Stories for Little Folks, Too! This may lead to your son, who may 'hate' to read and write, asking to do Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Language of God, etc. -- simply because each is written by "Nancy Nicholson." But I hope it does, because we have enjoyed all her work!)”

- Jamie, RI
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