When students struggle with decoding, often too much is taught too fast. To find a comfortable starting point for your student, try taking a phonics survey (example). Then re-teach those skills that students struggle with, at a pace where they can achieve mastery of that level (mastery is more important than exposure). Provide loads of decodable text reading practice and repeat them often.
There are many elements of a good phonics lesson. These include explicit explanations of the sound-spelling being taught, clear pronunciation, followed by writing the word on the board. There should also be a mix of guided and independent reading practice.
The type of phonics that has been recommended by international education institutions including the UK Education Department is Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
Phonemic awareness deals with sounds in spoken words, whereas phonics involves the relationship between sounds and written symbols. Therefore, phonics deals with learning sound-spelling relationships and is associated with print. Most phonemic awareness tasks, however, are purely oral.
Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. There are 26 letters in English and approximately 44 sounds. However, most sounds have more than one spelling. For example, the long a sound can be spelled by the letter combinations like ai as in rain and ay as in play. The goal of all phonics instruction is teaching our students the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode, or sound out, words.
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A student should be able to start decoding words within the first 3 out of 12 lessons in level 1. At one lesson per week, we can safely say most kids would learn to read in 12 weeks.
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Yes! Reading PANTS was first tested in a less than ideal classroom situation and was highly successful. Within 3 weeks the children who couldn't read were able to put letter sounds together and decode words.
Yes it does! A quick and efficient reading method will help your child learn to read words and texts within a few days or weeks. When they finds that they are able to read so quickly and easily, they will be motivated to push that reading skill further and try reading more complex materials. If the child takes too long to learn, there’s a tendency to get frustrated and give up early in the process.
Reading PANTS is best suited ages 4 and above. Younger children may find it difficult to write all the alphabets since their motor skills are not yet fully developed. However, you can always use the Reading PANTS Level 1 flashcards for younger children.
For Level 1, we recommend 30-45 minutes a day, 2-3 days a week until you complete the workbooks. Once your child gets the hang of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 become easier to master. However, some children may have learning disabilities that require expert advice. In these special cases, phonics programmes may not be enough to teach your child to read.
None. We have done all the research and preparation for you. And to make things even simpler, we've provided a comprehensive teaching guide for all the levels.
Reading PANTS is available in Levels 1 - 4. In Level 1, kids learn to recognise short vowel, consonant and digraph sounds, and blend them to form words. They also learn to write the alphabets at this level. Upon completing Level 1, your child will be able to write A-Z, and read and spell hundreds of words. By Level 4, he/she will be fluent enough to read all forms of English literature.
Why should I choose Reading PANTS™ Phonics when there are so many other phonics programmes out there?
Reading PANTS was deliberately designed after evaluating many existing phonic programmes as well as expert studies conducted on the best methods of learning to read English. It complies with the stringent UK Education requirements and the key criteria for assuring high standards for phonic work.
Reading PANTS is the world's simplest method of learning to read English, using 'Systematic Synthetic Phonics'. It's easy to use and highly effective because every lesson follows a carefully selected sequence of letter-sound relationship, organised in a logical order. Each lesson gradually introduces new sound(s), while blending these with previously learned sounds.