PHONICS FOR KEEPS
The Phonics for Keeps program can transform a nonreader into a reader.
Who Can Benefit
- Anyone struggling to read.
- Those taught to read by the whole-word method and who, as a result, read more slowly, have smaller vocabularies, and have trouble spelling many/some words.
- Poor spellers.
- Extra slow readers.
- Some dyslexics. A person wrote in The New York Times many years ago that 90% of dyslexics simply lack a proper foundation in phonics.
- Students who fail a grade or who cannot keep up with their classmates without extra help.
- ESL students.
Features to Note
- Teaches and stresses all code vowel sounds – as well as the schwa sound.
- Teaches consonant sounds correctly – that is, as non-stand-alone “sounds.”
- Supplies practice with equal emphasis on saying words correctly and spelling them correctly.
- Defines all words used in the teaching and practice material.
- Includes pronunciation rules.
- Includes spelling rules.
- Covers the importance of the root word for the pronunciation and spelling of longer words.
- Provides homonym practice.
- Provides lists of all the (key) spellings for each vowel sound and consonant “sound”.
- Supplies lists of words that carry each of the vowel and consonant sounds, and uses them in the spelling and word identification exercises that make up the practice material. More words are used in the practice material than just those used as examples in the introductory material.
- Supplies the approximate number of words that carry a particular spelling for both vowel sounds and consonant “sounds” except when there are too few.
- Teaches digraphs, trigraphs, and quadrigraphs as lettering that carries a specific sound as a unit, rather than as a group of letters consisting of one letter carrying a specific sound accompanied by one or more “silent” letters.
- Provides lists of prefixes and suffixes from time to time.