Phonics Tutor Student Reader
The PT Student Reader contains:
A Phonics and Spelling Pattern Chart–
This detailed chart provides the additional phonics facts that will enable students to become fluent, independent readers with the skills to accurately decode almost any English word they will encounter. Each phonogram or spelling pattern is followed by one of its phonemes (indicated with diacritics); a list of the ten most frequently used words that use that phonogram; a frequency indicator; and a column listing the rules and observations about that spelling pattern. The viewpoints of both Orton-Gillingham Phonograms and The American Heritage Dictionary are included. Comparisons are made between spelling patterns, e.g., "far" and "large" vs. "various", "square", and "carried". Students and teachers can easily see which spelling patterns are uncommon, common, or very common. Readers will see that "ear" is not only pronounced as "err" in words like "early" and "heard"; but most often is pronounced as "ear" in words like "year" and "near"; and is pronounced like "air" in "bear" and "wear".
Expanded, random word lists–
Emphasis is given to derivatives, the most frequently used words, and multi-syllabic words that use phonics facts already presented. The 300 most frequently used words are flagged throughout the book. A check mark indicates challenge words that use familiar phonics facts in new, previously untaught vocabulary. Three phonics tests are given at the end of Units VI, VII, and IX.
The "stories" include a play, poems, informative and/or humorous paragraphs, dictionary pages, a science experiment, a recipe, a news article, tongue twisters, riddles, and stories about both common and uncommon events of interest to students of all ages.
Instruction on both phonics and beginning grammar–
Interspersed throughout the PT Student Reader are pages which review spelling rules; provide additional rules on syllabication and decoding examples; and introduce diacritics similar to those used in The American Heritage Dictionary . Prefixes, suffixes, and root words; subject/verb agreement; comparative and superlative adjectives; nouns, proper nouns, pronouns; singular, plural, first, second and third person verbs; prepositions; homophones; synonyms and antonyms are all introduced with many examples. An early introduction to the history of certain spelling patterns helps students understand why English is the largest language in the world.
About Phonics Tutor:
As a teaching parent, you know that the most important educational tool you will ever give your child is the ability to read fluently. Failing that, your child will experience a lifetime of missed opportunities. For many children, the reading process is a thrilling adventure and a simple phonics program is enough. For other children, the process is a wearisome journey and after selling reading materials for many years we realize that for some children, a simple approach will not be sufficient.
We have had the sad experience of counseling moms whose children's education has been all but been obliterated because they are not competent readers. Twenty years ago, we were scornful of the need for high-priced phonics programs; now we are advocates of using whatever it takes to get a child to read fluently. If your older child has never mastered reading, or needs a little remedial help, may we suggest PhonicsTutor?
After months investigating many other phonics programs, both written and computerized, we found nearly every other reading program is geared for 4 - to 7-year-olds. By the time you realize that you have a potential problem in your home, your child will have outgrown the silliness of many of these programs.
With no dancing bears or racing bunnies, PhonicsTutor seems uniquely designed to meet the needs of the reluctant or non-reading older child. PhonicsTutor is a step-by-step computerized teaching tool with 128 lessons and seven activities within each lesson to instruct and reinforce the main topic. All 3,500 words are presented orally along with associated spelling rules. Phonetic analysis, reading, word spelling and diction activities make PhonicsTutor appealing to all learning modalities. No other program we examined has matched PhonicsTutor for thoroughness and ease of use. It is a perfect format for the older non-reader or special need child. A young child who is already reading but needs additional phonics work may find Frequent Words, (see software), more appropriate.
Reading does not have to be an arduous, painful task that has to be achieved on anyone else's timetable but your own, but it does have to be achieved. If you think that you have a child who needs help in this area, and is ready for this assistance, then that should be your one goal this year. We believe the PhonicsTutor programs can help even the most desperate reader to build competency.And, since such a large percentage of spelling is the ability to correlate sounds to a series of letters, PhonicsTutor likewise excels as a spelling program. If your child agonizes over notorious spelling or the pronunciation of unfamiliar words, you won't find a better program.
Author: David L. Hickerson, Ph.D., Janelle M.-E. Hickerson, B.S.
Copyright: 2000, 2001
Publisher: 4:20 Communications
Made In: USA
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