This page is a quick overview of phonics.
Who Needs Phonics
Literacy Statistics for American adults and children, how to tell if you need phonics.
Phonics is scientifically proven. A little bit of why here, and a link to more information at the NRRF.
Shows how easy phonics is to teach and learn. Link to online phonics lessons for young children, link to the online phonics lessons for adults and older children.
How phonics can improve your reading abilities and how reading can improve your life.
A graph and a table showing the powerful economic advantages of reading well. Literacy is more highly correlated with earnings than IQ. It also contains a link to a page showing the percentage of American adults at each literacy level (also here.)
History of Reading Instruction
A history of reading instruction, how whole language got started, phonics landmarks, and a timeline showing significant events in the battle between whole language and phonetic reading methods.
This is a phonics game developed to help reinforce the basic skills learned in 40L's phonics lessons. They are helpful for both new and remedial students.
Marked Prints: Leigh Print and UPP
Marked prints aid in phonetic pronunciation of English. Leigh Print was a self-pronouncing print successfully used as an Initial Teaching Alphabet (ITA) in the late 1800's. It allowed students to learn to read much faster than conventional reading methods. UPP is a diacritically marked self-pronouncing print developed to help remedialstudents.
Explains how Webster taught reading and spelling with his "Blue Backed Speller", and why 40L believes this is the best way to teach anyone to read--beginner or adult. If you are reading below college level, you could benefit from learning to read and spell Webster's Way.