First graders complete one lesson per week, which each one themed according to an alphabet letter and a matching animal character, such as " Andy the Ant" and " Jackie the Jaguar." Using the included answer keys, students can check their own work easily for independent learning.Every themed unit follows a similar format and includes:Alphabet stories: Introduce two-word family patterns and include an audio read-aloud option.• Spell It. activities: Focus on writing and vocabulary.• Write It. activities: Provide practice reading and writing simple sentences.• Read It. activities: Provide reading and reading comprehension practice.• Find It. activities: Provide fun word searches around the word families of the week.• Let's Review. activities: This simple review activity helps you evaluate your child's understanding of word families and provides additional practice.Core subject areas and topics include:• Writing and reading simple words and sentences• Identifying word family patterns• Reading comprehension• Vocabulary• Following directions• Fine motor skillsFeatures and benefits:• Accelerate your child's reading progress: 20 easy-to-follow weekly lessons build alphabet awareness and develop reading readiness skills.• Creative and fun lessons: Keep your child entertained while learning.• Reward stickers: Motivate your child to complete the activities.• Audio stories: Provide an option to listen to the audio story with your child.• Encourage kids to be creative and curious with the fun and engaging lessons in Evan-Moor's Smart Start: Read and Write Activity Book for Grade 1.