I'm a retired 1st grade teacher, who finally has the time to write. I taught 1st, 2nd and reading resource for over 35 years, mostly for Baltimore City Public Schools. The last 20 years of my career, were spent teaching 1st grade.
The workbooks came about from the charts and worksheets that I had designed for my reading resource and first grade classes. K-1 teachers I knew asked me to share, which I did. They also encouraged me to write.
A word about Lulu Previews, the take a little time to download.
Books in order of difficulty:
'Alphatalk Street' - Teaches ABC's and the sound each letter makes.
'Alphatalk Street Workbook' - Teaches tracing and printing ABC's.
'Wise Owl's First Phonics' and 'Wise Owl's First 100 Words' - Can be used together to teach beginning reading.
'Wise Owl's Vowels' - Reviews 100 words and phonics from the previous level and adds new sight words and advanced phonics.
'Wise Owl's Placement Test' - Helps find the place to start.