Are you a parent, tutor, or classroom teacher? Do you know of someone longing to read and spell English accurately, fluently, and effortlessly—a young child, an adolescent, an adult, or someone for whom English is a new language? Have you ever wished for one phonetic curriculum aimed at teaching beginner readers as well as intermediate readers (those who can read single-syllable words but struggle to read multisyllabic words)? Then this book is for you. From instruction with two- and three-letter words to polysyllabic words containing Latin and Greek roots, this collection of lessons—developed for a span of reading levels and mindful of the person who feels inept at teaching reading and spelling—is phonics at its best.
Today’s neuroscience has concluded that reading is visual—our eyes see each letter and our brain turns the letter into a sound then strings the sounds into a word. This establishes the need for instruction that assists the learner with seeing the sounds (letters), saying the sounds, then saying the word accurately, fluently, and effortlessly. Furthermore, this instruction must be accompanied by spelling: what we can read, we can spell. Spelling is auditory and assists the learner with hearing the sounds, spelling the sounds (letters), then spelling the word. Even learners exhibiting signs of dyslexia can become enhanced readers and spellers when instruction tells, then shows, the sounds of our language, followed by practice of reading and spelling the sounds in the words.
Here are sixty-six detailed lessons for use with beginning and intermediate readers of all ages. These lessons align with how the brain learns to read and spell and are meant to reduce preparation time, leaving more time to focus on instruction and the needs of the learner.