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Learning to Read

There are many curriculums. How do we select just one? We look to traditional programs that have a proven track record to start! Below we give an overview of the Pathway Readers and how it fits with a Christ-centered education. Further down is a list of all levels and links for more information.

Pathway Readers

At Portals, we design around literature (Read), provide questions to ask about it (Think) and then give learners a project (Do) that gives the mind time to retain learning.  All learning is cognitively amplified when we use not just our ears, but our experiences! Each individual student will learn at different paces and will be placed based on existing skill as they subscribe to Portals. 


There are a vast number of reading programs with new ones popping up all the time. For our purposes we want a program that is comprehensive, easy-to-teach, doesn’t break the bank, and most importantly is morally sound. Pathway readers have been used successfully for decades and they check all the boxes.  Originally developed by Amish parents, the books are full of character building stories, so they are learning to read, with content that you can use to talk about life too - exactly what Portals is looking for!


Your Pathway kit includes teacher guides, student workbooks and practice sheets for K-2. This is included in your "Readers" purchase for the Founders Level.  That said, if you already have a program that is effective, Portals is flexible enough for you to continue using it. Also, because they make more, you can continue with Pathway outside of Portals content thru the 8th grade. 


To start, identify your child's classroom placement level for beginning / early readers using the Pathway placement process for grades Kindergarten through 2nd. These are the formative years for learning to read.  Work through the placement and let us know, so we can include digital resources such as videos, interactives, and games that correspond with your student’s level.  


We believe the best way to learn a skill is to do it. After 2nd grade they are ready to take on readers of their own.   

Included Pathway Reading Lessons

Pathway Beginning to Read Program- Founders: (Grades K-2) 

  • Old fashioned stories of family life on an Amish farm are wholesome and delightful

  • Workbooks include phonics instruction, vocabulary work, reading comprehension

  • As the child's reading ability improves, the books encourage independent learning

Included Readers

Literature Readers (Not Pathway) - Growers, Thinkers, and Leaders: (Grades 3-12)

  • Short stories, portions from classic literature, poems

  • Workbooks include assignments developing reading comprehension skills

Click on the links below to learn more about the skills taught at each level.

Learning to Read Sequence for Pathway Readers
*Available, but not included in Portals Readers. 

Kindergarten - Before We Read / First Steps


1st Grade - Days Go By


2nd Grade - Busy Times


*3rd Grade - New Friends


*4th Grade - Building Our Lives


*5th Grade - Living Together


*6th Grade - Step by Step


*7th Grade - Seeking True Values


*8th Grade - Our Heritage

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