Tips for Using Phonics for Reading

  • Copy placement tests ahead of time.
  • Use pointing to letters or words when you teach to keep students attentive (in the script.)
  • Go through activities OUT LOUD, then have students write answers.
  • Teach it 4-5 days a week, on CONSECUTIVE DAYS, if possible, for best results.
  • Use delayed response feedback (wait until the student starts the sound of the word you want him to read and then join him by saying the word with him) to encourage strong reading skills, independence and success.
  • Use items like individual white boards for daily spelling reviews.  Use short amounts of time at the beginning of each lesson to quickly review the concepts taught the previous day.
  • Struggling readers are more helped by basic comprehension questions (who, what, where, when) rather than higher order questions (why, how).

Merging “Phonics for Reading” and “Language!” this Fall


Here’s the new framework for when to teach Phonics for Reading in conjunction with Language!  Let me know how this works for you!

(You will placement test your students so you should use this format with the ones who will start at Level One.)

First teach Level One Phonics for Reading Lessons 1-15.

Then teach Language! Units 1-3.


Phonics for Reading Lessons 16-25.

Language! Units 4-6.

Phonics for Reading Lessons 26-30.

Language! Units 7-15.

Chances are, at this point, your students will merge right into REWARDS from here, so follow the plan set out for teaching REWARDS and Language!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or list a question or comment after this post.






Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#15)


summer-web-grfx_2013The Big Summer Read booklists from Reading Rockets will help you and your child choose books that are at just the right reading level or interest area.

Better yet, download their two page handout version of the list! Have the list in-hand while visiting your local library.


Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#14)


Trying to get your kids to unplug on long car rides? Try this!

Audio books pull the whole family together. Listen to your favorite series (The Harry Potter series is FANTASTIC) and, after you’ve just pulled into the driveway after 10 hours in the car, watch your kids stay put to hear the last few pages! (This is especially wonderful for kids with learning challenges.)


Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#13)



Visit your local Pizza Hut, Barnes and Noble (think FREE BOOKS!), or town library for reading contests your kids can enter. They can earn lots of fun and free stuff! Try the Scholastic Summer Challenge to get your kids to read, log their minutes, and chart their goals and victories.