Silent Elephant “e” begins with phonemic awareness, because phonemic awareness is the basis for understanding reading and how it “works”.
Upon completion of Phonemic Awareness with Silent Elephant “e”, children are ready for phonics, the “proven best way to teach reading”. (Dr. Louisa Cook Moats, 2010)
Phonics rules are taught in a precisely organized, systematic, progressive sequence that builds one phonics skill upon another.
Each lesson engages the “whole learner” through stories, puppets, plays, magic, food, drawings, writing, and games that involve using the whole body and all parts of the brain.
Each focused phonics lesson has three levels of complexity providing an opportunity to meet the needs of ALL learners, preschoolers through adults, from a non-reader to a struggling reader to a gifted reader in a whole group setting, in a small group setting, or in a one-on-one setting.
Level 1--introduces a phonics rule.
Level 2--developing vocabulary and independence using the phonics rule.
Level 3--multi-syllabic words for advanced, independent readers
Silent Elephant “e” phonics lessons consist of three instructional components.
First--begin with a whole group interactive, engaging, “whole student” phonics activity.
Second--children are partnered. Using best practices, children turn to their partner
and explain their thought processes and then actively listen to their partner’s thought processes culminating in a discussion of the phonics skills being taught as they complete the embedded Partner Practice pages.
Third--each phonics lesson concludes with a vital at home component consisting of Letters to Parents and At Home Practice pages. This parent component reinforces and solidifies what the child mastered in class.
Active participation helps children quickly learn and remember the phonemic awareness and phonics lessons for years to come.
Teachers have shared, “I can not believe that my sixth graders still think of Silent Elephant “e” when they add suffixes to words.” “Do you know that I have fifth graders who still use the “C” and “G” Game you taught them in first or second grade?”
Silent Elephant “e” is the way all people learn and appreciate being taught.