The Best Phonics Videos for Learning to Read

If you search for “phonics videos” on YouTube, you’ll get an endless supply of phonics videos of questionable value. Most of the phonics videos leave out the second, third, and fourth sounds that many letters in the English language make. This frustrates beginning readers because they constantly run into exceptions when they practice reading. To […]

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Teaching Phonics Can Be Easy

Parents, grandparents, tutors, and teachers everywhere want to help beginning readers grow into people that can read anything. One way to turn beginning readers into expert readers is by teaching phonics in a comprehensive way that covers: How to write and sound out letters How to write and sound out letter teams (also called digraphs, trigraphs […]

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Beginning Readers Need Great Stories

What would you say if I told you that beginning readers don’t get to experience enough classic literature in our kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classrooms? Would you be concerned? I first became concerned after reading “The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core” by Terrence Moore. In it, Moore writes: About the elementary classroom […]

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Making a Phonics Clue Box

I’ve used the Wordy Worm Reading program with my kids and in the program’s Fun-O-Guide book, it recommends decorating a phonics clue box and then using it daily to put in physical items that represent a new letter sound or phonogram sound each day. For example, if the letter sound of the day is H, […]

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Reading Programs with Advanced Phonograms

As mentioned in my post about multi-letter phonograms, some reading programs go beyond the letter sounds and primary multi-letter phonograms and also teach advanced phonograms. There are three programs that I’m aware of, which cover advanced phonograms. “The Writing Road to Reading” covers 17 advanced phonograms. They are: tch, eo, eau, augh, ce, gh, gi, […]

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