Each page in I Can Run! has a sentence or two made up of early words taught in WISE Guide. The student reads the sentence and then draws a picture to show that he understands the meaning. Next the student is gently exposed to a basic grammar concept. In book one, the teacher is given questions to guide the child to find the simple subject and verb. A line is provided where the student can write these words as directed. A vertical line bisects it.
One page, for example, has the sentence, "We go up the hill by Jill." The teacher asks, "Who goes?" The student answers, "we." The teacher says, "Write the subject 'we' before the dividing line." Next the teacher asks, "What do we do?" The student answers "go." The teachers says, "Write the verb, go, after the dividing line."
This exercise gives the child a mental framework to understand the idea of a complete sentence. Personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we) are used as the subject throughout the book. This prepares the student for changing the verb after the third person pronouns (he, she, it). On the last page the student can read subject verb combinations with all thirteen verbs covered in the book. Example: I run. You run. He runs. We run.
"What a wonderful feeling to be able to teach my daughter how to read!" writes Taj. "Not only is she reading, she is learning how to diagram sentences." Click the image above to open an image of the daughter's work.