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Essentials 1-7 Complete Classroom Starter Set

Essentials 1-7 Complete Classroom Starter Set

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Everything you need to teach Essentials Lessons 1-7 with up to 20 students! Save 10% on all teacher and student materials.

Set includes all materials for one teacher and 20 students, including reusable student and teacher supplements and 21 copies of each consumable. 

Recommended for

  • Ages 8 to adult
  • Grades 2-6 as a main classroom Spelling, Grammar, and Vocabulary program
  • Struggling readers age 8 to adult
  • Struggling spellers age 8 to adult
  • Students with dyslexia
  • Students who have completed Foundations and are ready to go deeper with the phonograms and rules, build spelling mastery, and learn grammar and new vocabulary concepts. (Foundations is not a prerequisite. Learn more.) 
  • Anyone who wants to learn why English words are spelled the way they are.

Highlights of Essentials

  • Differentiated instruction
  • Three levels of spelling and vocabulary in each lesson - teach multiple times or differentiate instruction within one classroom
  • Discovery-based instruction
  • Engaging activities
  • Meaningful practice
  • Scripted lessons
  • Extensive helps and teacher tips
  • 75 Phonograms
  • 31 Spelling Rules
  • Parts of Speech, punctuation rules, capitalization rules
  • Efficient vocabulary instruction with prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots
  • Optional reading comprehension supplement, The Essentials Reader


  • None.
  • See notes below for materials to add if the student needs handwriting instruction
  • If needed, use the ten optional Pre-Lessons in the 1-7 Teacher's Guide to strengthen foundational skills before beginning Lesson 1. There is a Placement Test to help you determine the right starting point for each student.

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Essentials 1-7 Complete Classroom Starter Set

This set includes all the components of Essentials needed to teach the first seven lessons of the curriculum - typically a quarter to a semester depending on your pace - to twenty students.

Teacher materials
Student Supplements (Reusable)
Student Consumables (1 per student, plus teacher copy)

Other Materials

Teaching multiple students?

Each additional student will need:

Handwriting Styles

  • Essentials does not teach handwriting. Students may complete Essentials lessons with either cursive or manuscript handwriting; the sample text is in a standard bookface font to allow greater flexibility.
  • Choose your second set of Phonogram Game Cards (using the drop down menu above) according to which handwriting style the student is using. This enables students to practice reading the phonograms both as they appear in books and as they appear in writing.

If Handwriting Instruction is Needed

Continuing through Essentials

After completing these lessons, add the new materials for Lessons 8-15. Continue with Lessons 16-22 and 23-30 when you are ready for them.  At a pace of one lesson per week, you can complete all 30 lessons in a school year; at a pace of half a lesson per week you will complete about 15 lessons in a school year.

The entire curriculum, Lessons 1-30, can then be reused up to two additional times at a more advanced level of instruction, depending on which starting level is right for your class.

Product Details

SKU: PE2S1CP - Essentials 1-7 Complete Set with Cursive game cards
SKU: PE2S1MP - Essentials 1-7 Complete Set with Manuscript game cards

Shipping Weight: 38 lbs.

Essentials Teacher's Guide, Lessons 1-7

  • Lessons 1-7
  • 352 pages
  • Full color
  • Casebound textbook

Essentials Student Workbook, Lessons 1-7

  • 113 pages
  • Paperback

Logic of English Spelling Journal

  • 79 pages
  • Paperback

    Logic of English Cursive & Manuscript School Fonts © David Occhino Design.



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