Teaches the five basic word "families" for short vowel "e": "en" -- ten, men, hen "ed" -- bed, red "eg" -- leg "et" -- get, let, vet, wet "es" -- yes
Also teaches "tricks" to remember letters 'b' versus 'd' versus 'g'
# of pages: 86 pages Time to print: Approx 12 -- 13 minutes
Short Vowel "I"
Teaches the eight basic word "families"for short vowel "i": "in" -- in, win "id" -- kid, hid, did "it" -- it, bit, fit, sit "if" -- if "ix" -- fix, mix, six "im" -- him "ig" -- big, pig, wig "ip" -- tip, sip, zip
# of pages: 98 pages Time to print: Approx 16 - 18 minutes
Short Vowel "O"
Teaches the seven basic word "families"for short vowel "0": "on" -- on "ot" -- lot, not, got, hot, pot "op" -- pop, top, mop, hop "og" -- dog "ob" -- job "ox" -- ox, fox, box
# of pages: 83 pages Time to print: Approx 16 - 18 minutes
Short Vowel "U"
Teaches the eight basic word "families"for short vowel "U": "up" -- up, cup "us" -- us, bus "un" -- fun, run, sun "ut" -- but, cut. nut "ub" -- tub "um" -- gum, yum "ud" -- mud "ug" -- bug. hug. jug. rug
# of pages: 69 pages Time to print: Approx 12 - 13 minutes
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Age: 4 - 7 years old. These books are for children who already know their alphabet. If a child struggles with letter recognition, use our Alphabetti books to resolve this.
Format: Downloadable e-books to read on-screen or print on your printer.
Mazes, coloring pages, spot-the-different-pictures, tracing words -- these printable activities help children/students (a) remember their phonics lessons, (b) develop eye-hand coordination, and (c) learn to see the details. Can be printed in black and white or color (color is best, but black and white works too).
Lesson Plans to help you customize your own program!
Using our Lesson Plans as a starting point, you can tailor-make your own phonics program. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Learning how-to-read is a lot like exercise -- regular classes, spread out over time, is the best way to go.
Reading lessons don't have to be long. For example, read for ten or fifteen minutes, and then work on activity sheets and handwriting.
Do one lesson a day -- or two lessons, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
Don't rush. Parents and teachers spend an average of two weeks with each of our phonics books
It isn't enough to just "know" the alphabet -- ideally, a child knows it so well that he/she has instant recognition of the shapes and sounds. To help this along, we recommend practicing the alphabet EVERY DAY.
1. Print out the “Alphabet Review” pages for the book. (For Beginner Phonics Book 1, the focus is on nine letters : c, a, t, s, m, r, h, n, d.)
2. You can put the “letter pages” up on the wall, or use them like flash cards.
3. At the start of each reading lesson, spend a couple of minutes reviewing the alphabet letters recommended by the Lesson Plan -- for example, tap the sheet for Letter "a" and say "'ah for apple." Then have your children/students repeat that after you.
4. Then tap one of the pictures below the alphabet letter and read the caption (words) out loud. For example, one day you may choose, “angry ant,” and another day you may choose, “animal alphabet.” Then have your children/students repeat the words after you.
Word Wall (or flash cards)
You don't HAVE to do a "Word Wall" (or flash cards), but it does help, especially in larger classrooms where children aren't able to receive a lot of individual attention.
By practicing the words every day, in addition to the actual reading lesson, children get more "exposure" to the words, and this helps to increase retention and memory-recall speed.
To practice the words, tap a word and sound it out. For example, "kuh, ah, tuh, says CAT." Then have your children/students repeat this after you.
The words can be up on the wall, or you can hold them in your hands.
Note: The Lesson Plans give suggestions on which words to practice on which days.
Note on the letter "Q" --the alphabet pages (below) include a page for the letter "q" although this letter is not specifically taught or addressed in the Beginner Phonics Book. This is because there are no three-letter short vowel English words that use the letter "q". However, the "qu" digraph (letter combination) is addressed in Beginner Handwriting Book 5 (scroll down to see this), and also Advanced Phonics Book 5 (click on "Advanced Phonics" in the menu).
– Teaches proper letter formation and spacing. – Increases writing speed and legibility by practicing the “writing patterns” that make up all 26 letters in the English alphabet. – Can be done along with (or separate from) the Progressive Phonics reading program. – Teaches good writing habits that “upgrade” easily to joined handwriting programs, such as cursive or italics. – Starts with LOWERCASE letters which are, contrary to popular belief, easier to learn and write. (Uppercase letters are taught in the next book series, coming out in early February 2016.)
Includes instructions, lessons, student worksheets and a test to see if children are ready to start a handwriting program. 100% free - nothing to buy.
Do it right the first time!
Don't teach bad habits!
Unlike some handwriting programs, our program doesn't teach bad habits and unnecessary pen strokes. We're not going to name any names here, but our program was developed with several things in mind:
Teach the right moves the FIRST time around... We don't think it's right to teach children one way of writing, and then a few years later say, "No, no, no, that's not how you do it." Our program is designed to teach the RIGHT way to form letters. This way, a child has an easier time transitioning to "joined" handwriting styles (cursive, italics, etc.).
Note: In some countries, there are different ways of writing some letters, such as the lowercase letters "r" and "k." Progressive Phonics stays with the "American" version of these letters because they resemble the PRINTED versions of these letters, which children see every day in their books and schoolpapers. Children can learn the alternate versions of these letters when they learn their cursive or italic forms of handwriting.
No joined handwriting in school??!!! If your child is one of the millions of children who will never learn joined-handwriting in school, then our handwriting program helps your child start out with good-enough handwriting. What's good enough? Quick, legible and not too "childish" in appearance.
Wait until they're ready! We also believe it's important to wait until a child is READY to write. Young children don't have the strength and dexterity to write properly, so they compensate with improper pen-grips, poor writing-posture and malformed letters... all of which have to be UNlearned later.
Come back later... If your child is too young now, no problem. You can come back to it later. Our handwriting program is completely indepedent of our phonics program, so it can be taken at any time.
Is your child ready?
Reading and writing are different!
While some children are able to read at an earlier age, handwriting is different. Most children do not have the motor-skills for handwriting until age five or six -- it's not a question of intelligence, it's a question of physical development.
Our special Handwriting Test (see below) will help you decide if your child is ready or not.
A word about Pencil Grip
Progressive Printing Book 1: The Basics
This 27-page booklet teaches --
-- nine lowercase alphabet letters (t,c,a,d,n,m,h,r,s) -- how to space letters and words -- four of the eight basic handwriting patterns (vertical lines, horizontal lines, the "c" shape and arches).
lncludes all instructions and worksheets, plus the Handwriting Readiness Test. Just start with Lesson One and go from there.
Handwriting Readiness Test -- 1 page Extra copies -- for when you have more that one student. (One copy of the test is already included in main booklet along with instructions on how to use.)
Worksheets Only -- 12 pages For when you have more than one student -- inludes just the worksheets (no instruction pages). Save paper and ink!
Extra Practice Pages (optional) -- 8 pages For when you have more time, or you have students that are faster than others. 8 pages. (Don't use these extra practice pages until AFTER lesson 4 of the booklet.)
-- six lowercase alphabet letters (e,b,l,g,v,w) -- diagonals (slanted lines) and zigzags (the shape of letters 'v' and 'w') -- three "tricks" to help remember the difference between letters 'b,' 'd' and 'g.'
Note: For this booklet, we recommend doing TWO lessons a day with a short break between lessons.
Worksheets Only -- 14 pages For when you have more than one student -- inludes just the worksheets (no instruction pages). Save paper and ink!
Extra Practice Pages -- 6 pages A little more practice if you have the time. Optional but strongly recommended. Note: DO NOT use these extra practice pages until AFTER completing all of the Book 2 Handwriting lessons.
-- two lowercase alphabet letters (o, j) -- In addition to tracing, children now start COPYING words and phrases, to help them learn how to write independently. -- Practices the common letter-pattern groups (the letters that share the same writing motions).
This booklet contains 15 lessons, which can be done one-a-day or two-a-day.
Worksheets Only -- 22 pages For when you have more than one student -- inludes just the worksheets (no instruction pages). Save paper and ink!
-- the "wave" handwriting pattern that is used to write letters "u" and "y" (plus is used extensively in joined or cursive handwriting) -- how to write letters 'u' and 'y' and 'q' -- the "qu" digraph (letter combination)
This booklet contains 14 lessons, which can be done one-a-day or two-a-day.
Worksheets Only -- 15 pages For when you have more than one student -- inludes just the worksheets (no instruction pages). Save paper and ink!