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Using the Phonics Lessons
QuickTime, 3 min, 2.7 mB A short movie explaining how to use the phonics lessons and get the most from each lesson.
Four sample schedules to help you finish the phonics lessons in a timely manner.
Progress Chart and Certificate of Completion
Phonics Lesson 1
QuickTime, 19 min, 5.6 mB Teaches: short i, d, f, l, m, n, p, s, t, sh, ck, spelling rules, syllable division rules
Phonics Lesson 2
QuickTime, 21 min, 6.0 mB Teaches: short a, b, c, h, j, k, r, y, 1 spelling rule
Phonics Lesson 3
QuickTime, 18 min, 5.4 mB Teaches: short o, g, v, w, x, z, ch
Phonics Lesson 4
QuickTime, 19 min, 5.7 mB Teaches: short e, wh
Phonics Lesson 5
QuickTime, 22 min, 6.7 mB Teaches: short u, schwa
Phonics Concentration Game 1--Review of all sounds from first 5 lessons, 1.6 mB, 5 minutes. You can print out rules and your own concentration game here.
Phonics Lesson 6
QuickTime, 12 min, 3.5 mB Teaches: th, voiced/unvoiced consonant pairs (s as z sound, f as v sound) After this lesson, there is not much review of consonant sounds. If you need more practice, here is a great website with the sounds nicely arranged (they also have vowels) It also shows the how the mouth and throat positions of consonant pairs differ.
Phonics Lesson 7
QuickTime, 26 min, 6.2 mB Teaches: consonant blends, 1 syllable division rule. You can see a chart of beginning blends and ending blends at the Resource Room.
Phonics Lesson 8
QuickTime, 26 min, 5.7 mB Teaches: ph, qu, ng, y as a vowel, the s sound of c, the j sound of g
Phonics Lesson 9
QuickTime, 21 min, 4.8 mB Teaches: long a (a_e, ai, ay), a syllable division rule, spelling rules
Phonics Lesson 10
QuickTime, 23 min, 5.5 mB Teaches: long e (ee, ie, e, y at the end of a word)
Phonics Lesson 11
QuickTime, 20 min, 4.9 mB Teaches: long i (i_e, i, ie in short words, igh, y as i, spelling rules)
Phonics Lesson 12
QuickTime, 18 min, 4.5 mB Teaches: long o (o_e, oa, oe, o, spelling)
Phonics Lesson 13
QuickTime, 15 min, 4.6 mB Teaches: long u (u_e, ue, ew, eu)
Phonics Lesson 14
QuickTime, 21 min, 5.3 mB Teaches: review c as s or k, long/short vowels, spelling rule, syllable division rule
Phonics Lesson 15
QuickTime, 11 min, 3.4 mB Teaches: syllable division, ed as ed, d, or t
Phonics Lesson 16
QuickTime, 11 min, 3.8 mB Teaches: a as ah, aw, au, ou
Phonics Lesson 17
QuickTime, 16 min, 4.1 mB Teaches: oo (short and long), ou, ow, oi, oy
QuickTime, 18 min, 5.1 mB Teaches: er, ir, ur, or
Phonics Lesson 19
QuickTime, 13 min, 3.3 mB Teaches: all, ell, ill, oll, ull
Phonics Lesson 20
QuickTime, 10 min, 2.7 mB Teaches: silent letters, spelling rules
Phonics Lesson 21
QuickTime, 22 min, 5.5 mB Teaches: prefixes, syllable division rule
Phonics Lesson 22
QuickTime, 25 min, 7.3 mB. Teaches: suffixes, syllable division rule, spelling rules
Phonics Lesson 23
QuickTime, 12 min, 3.1 mB Teaches: review short vowels, short vowel exceptions (ea as short e, etc), ti and ci as sh
Phonics Lesson 24
QuickTime, 14 min, 3.7 mB Teaches: syllable division between vowels (radio, dual)
Phonics Lesson 25
QuickTime, 19 min, 4.8 mB Teaches: review consonant sounds, "zh," x as "gz."
Phonics Lesson 26
QuickTime, 16 min, 3.9 mB Teaches: spelling rules, review vowel sounds, vowel charts.
Phonics Lesson 27
QuickTime, 25 min, 9.2 mB Teaches: syllable division in long words, spelling patterns by word origin.
Phonics Lesson 28
QuickTime, 13 min, 4.6 mB Teaches: phonogram/sound charts as a reading aid, how to sound out long words. Print out a copy of the letter/sound chart before the lesson. Another useful phonogram/sound chart can be found at The Phonics Institute.
Phonics Lesson 29
QuickTime, 16 min, 5.3 mB Teaches: phonogram/sound charts as a spelling aid, how position in word changes spelling (ck, c; oi, oy; ai, ay, etc.) Print out a copy of the sound/letter chart before the lesson. Another useful sound/phonogram chart can be found at The Phonics Instutute.
Phonics Lesson 30
QuickTime, 16 min, 4.9 mB Teaches: alphabetizing and dictionary use. Print out and cut out the words and helps to alphabetize before the lesson.
Phonics Lesson 31
QuickTime, 12 min, 3.5 mB Teaches: grammar (their, they're, there; it's, its; your, you're; two, too, to)
Phonics Lesson 32
QuickTime, 15 min, 4.6 mB Teaches: where to go from here
The Spelling Lessons are now online. They are a great review of the Phonics Lessons.
The use of Unified Pronouncing Print (UPP) is another way to continue improving your reading, spelling, and pronunciation abilities.
Another good resource for learning how to sound out multi-syllabic words is Webster's Blue Backed Speller, or The American Spelling Book, free online from Don Potter's Education Page. It is especially useful for figuring out which vowel sounds will "mush" to the schwa sound of uh as it lists words by accent, and unaccented syllables are more likely to mush to the schwa sound. As a bonus, it can also be used for spelling practice.
You can also find books divided into syllables based on the rules outlined in Webster's Speller. These books are helpful for both beginning and remedial students.
You can also work on the nonsense words on the language lessons page.
A final review that also helps overcome the guessing habit of looking at words by their shape is to work through the program on the how to tutor page. You can read and spell just a few words of each type, doing the entire section in areas where your student needs more work.