• * HSP California Excursions is built on the fundamental belief that every child must learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in order to achieve academic, personal, social, and economic success. Furthermore, the program is designed to ensure that every child can learn these critical literacy skills.

    Theme 1 - All About Me

    * Phonological Awareness - word segmentation, syllable blending, syllable segmentation/deletion

    * Phonics - consonant Mm, Ss, Rr, Tt

    * Comprehension - make predictions, summarize, reread, make inferences

    From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, Something Special by David McPhail, You and Me by Giovanni Manna, Kelly in the Mirror by Martha M. Vertreace

    Theme 2 - Families

    * Phonological Awareness - word segmentation, syllable blending and segmentation, rhyming words, alliteration

    * Phonics - consonant Nn, Pp, Cc, short vowel Aa

    * Comprehension - characters, generate questions, answer questions, make predictions, use story structure

    Bear's Busy Family by Stella Blackstone, Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, What Will Mommy Do When I'm At School? by Dolores Johnson, Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro, 

    Theme 3 - Friends At School

    * Phonological Awareness - review rhyme recognition and production, onset/rime blending (word families)

    * Phonics - word building, consonant Dd

    * Comprehension - beginning/middle/end, graphic organizers, story structure, characters, summarize

    The Little School Bus by Carol Roth, Jessica by Kevin Henkes, I Love School! by Philemon Sturges, Sparky and Eddie: The First Day of School by Tony Johnston

    Theme 4 - On the Farm

    * Phonological Awareness - phoneme isolation

    * Phonics - short vowel Ii, consonant Gg, Ff, word building 

    * Comprehension - draw conclusions, make inferences, reread, beginning/middle/end, graphic organizers

    Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner, Farms Feed the World by Lee Sullivan Hill, Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley, The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat by Mary Finch

    Theme 5 - Whatever the Weather

    * Phonological Awareness - phoneme isolation, phoneme identity, phoneme categorization

    * Phonics - consonant Bb, Kk, word building, short vowel Oo

    * Comprehension - details, generate questions, answer questions, draw conclusions, reread

    What Will the Weather Be Like Today? by Paul Rogers, When a Storm Comes Up by Allan Fowler, Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

    Theme 6 - Let's Play

    * Phonological Awareness - phoneme identity, phoneme categorization

    * Phonics - consonant Ll, Hh, word building, consonant Ww, Xx

    * Comprehension - setting, story structure, summarize, beginning/middle/end, graphic organizers

    Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo by Kevin LewisSnowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, I'm a Jolly Farmer by Julie Lacome, David's Drawings by Cathryn Falwell

    Theme 7 - In the Neighborhood

    * Phonological Awarness - phoneme categorization, identity, isolation, and blending

    * Phonics - word building, short vowel Ee

    * Comperehension - reality/fantasy, summarize, story structure, setting, reread

    Swing High, Swing Low by Fiona Coward, The Most Perfect Spot by Diane Goode, What a Treasure! by Jane Hillenbrand, Pet Show! by Ezra Jack Keats

    Theme 8 - Jobs People Do

    * Phonological Awareness - phoneme blending, segmentation

    * Phonics - consonant Vv, Jj, word building, consonant Yy, Zz

    * Comprehension - main idea, generate questions, answer questions, characters, make inferences

    Everybody Works by Shelley Rotner, Zara's Hats by Paul Meisel, My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone! by W. Nikola-Lisa, Bravo, Maurice! by Rebecca Bond

    Theme 9 - Animals All Around

    * Phonological Awareness - phoneme deletion, substitution

    * Phonics - short vowel Uu, word building, consonant Qq

    * Comprehension - details, graphic organizers, story structure, main idea, reread

    Whose House? by Barbara Seuling, Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley, Good Morning, Little Polar Bear by Carol Votaw, Clever Tortoise by Francesca Martin

    Theme 10 - On the Go

    * Phonological Awareness - review

    * Phonics - word building, review short Aa, Ee, Ii, Oo, Uu

    * Comprehension - reality/fantasy, generate questions, answer questions, draw conclusions, make inferences

    I Wish I Were a Pilot by Stella Blackstone, The Kite Festival by Leyla Torres, A Mouse Told His Mother by Bethany Roberts, Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't Sing by Satoshi Kitamura

    Dolch Sight Word Vocabulary

    Pre-Primer List

    the, to, and, a, I, you, it, in, said, for, up, look, is, go, we, little, down, can, see, not, one, my, me, big, come, blue, red, where, jump, away, here, help, make, yellow, two, play, run, find, three, funny

    Primer List

    he, was, that, she, on, they, but, at, with, all, there, out, be, have, am, do, did, what, so, get, like, this, will, yes, went, are, now, no, came, ride, into, good, want, too, pretty, four, saw, well, ran, brown, eat, who, new, must, black, white, soon, our, ate, say, under, please