Review - Phonics International
What is Phonics International?Phonics International (P.I) is a comprehensive synthetic phonics programme produced in 12 progressive downloadable (printable) units. The step by step resources teach the 44 phonics phonemes/graphemes to teach reading, spelling and writing in the English language. (An extensive collection of worksheets, posters, games and other teacher guides & resources are supplied to help teach these skills)It is suitable not only for early readers but for all ages including ESL students and older students who are struggling. The central core to the programme is the 'Alphabetic Code' (consisting of a 'simple' & 'complex' code) which is basically a colour coded chart of all the 44 graphemes/spellings split into 12 colours that correspond with the 12 downloadable units. The programme introduces a progressive group of graphemes/phonemes and the three skills of blending, segmenting and handwriting are taught in each unit.
The first unit is FREE - so you can try before you buy. Even if you decide NOT to go ahead with the programme you will end up with some great worksheets & lesson plans that are yours to keep.The charts of the Alphabetic Code are very useful to 'see at a glance' what needs to be taught and when. The audio-visual resource is excellent. This is used with units 1-6. Nothing 'fluffy' about this programme - even the graphics are suitable for all ages and not just geared at the younger end of the market like so many other reading programmesClick here to download unit 1
Created by Debbie Hepplewhite - an accredited Jolly Phonics Read Write Inc presenter
What you get with Phonics International:
How Phonics International teaches letters & soundsPhonics International resources are highly practical and designed to introduce the 44 phonemes/graphemes systematically. The resources are designed to provide learners with many ways to recall the letter/sounds and to rehearse the three essential skills little & often. The three essential skills being:
How International Phonics teach blending lettersBlending is the method of putting letters together and sounding them out to make words. International Phonics begins by blending after introducing 12 letters - S,A,T,I,P,N,C,K,CK,E,H,R . So for example your child would be reading the following words by the end of unit 1:
This is similar to the first letters introduced in the Jolly Phonics Programme. However the big difference between the two programmes, is that Jolly Phonics is geared towards early learners, where as Phonics International is suitable for ALL ages and abilities.
Jane Buckley - founder of A to Z Phonics
Try before you buy!Click here to download Unit 1 (FREE)
Follow our progressSee how I am using Phonics International to teach my two boys
Is Phonics International right for you?
Even if you decide not to go with this programme the resources are well worth printing - especially the 'Alphabetic Code' charts
Follow our ProgressI have decided to use Phonics International to teach my two sons (a struggling 13yr old & 6yr old) how to read & spell. I will soon be allowing you to follow their progress - watch this space!
What about Phonics Readers?Phonics International has over 150 cumulative texts for reading and dictation! A 'Word Bank' - a cummulative of de-coded words are added to the students vocabulary helping them create their own stories and reading text
Can you make personalise the programme?This is one of the strengths of Phonics International. It is a very flexible programme. I would recommend at the very least you follow the Sound Book Activity Sheets and Alphabetic Code. I would welcome any comments how you are using this reading programme
Bottom Line:I think what sold me on this reading programmes was the thoroughness of it all. It really does cover everything - you know that as a Teacher you will not be missing any vital links!
It is flexible - I can follow it 'as is' or use with other resources.Goodness, I have filled up a whole page talking about P.I - make up your own mind and try it out for free here!
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Download Unit 1 - FREE phonics printables from Phonics International. Endorsed by Jane Buckley founder of A to Z Phonics.com Click Here!
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