- Write the letter in the sand as you sit directly across from the student. The student should trace the letter with proper motor patterning.
- Have the student name the card. Instructor writes the word in sand. Student traces the word.
- Have the student read the card aloud. Instruct the student to either name the first letter or point to the first letter.
- You, as the instructor, are to reshuffle all the sets as you progress to the next, more difficult step of phonemic decoding.
- The student has previously practiced reading and writing these words. Here, the student is to sound out the word while the picture is being blocked from view.
- The student reads the word aloud. The instructor draws two lines on the whiteboard in one color. Use a different color to write the word. The student should use the same color marker to copy the word correctly.
- The student reads and copies the word on the board.
- The student has practiced the words before and can now write the words without looking at the print.
- The instructor should write a Naked Vowel word and a contrast word for the student to syllabize and mark the long vowel.
- The instructor should write two words on the whiteboard and the student should mark the word that does not follow phonics by "putting that word in jail."
- The student should copy the word using paper and pencil.
- The instructor and student both enjoy the fruits of their hard work!
Meet Ms. Dana
Welcome to “A Time for Phonics.” Throughout my career, I have come to believe that a thorough understanding of phonics is critical for a student to reach their full potential. Understanding phonics will enhance a student’s ability to read, spell and enhance their vocabulary. I also strongly believe that proper motor patterning will enhance good visual processing skills. I have developed my own phonics program and photo flashcards called, "A Time for Phonics." This program utilizes the 'eye gates', the 'ear gates', and the 'motor gates' in a unique and dynamic way to drive "neuroplasticity." The ultimate goal is for a student to automatically make rapid distinctions in phonetically decoding the material so that energy can be utilized for comprehension.