Blend Phonics Supplement
1. Blend Phonics Reader: Standard Edition. I wrote this Reader for extra reading (decoding) practice to be read AFTER a Unit is taught in the classroom from the board. I have found it incredibly helpful. It follows Rudolf Flesch’s important, but rarely heeded advice, to REMOVE students from their whole-word guessing environment and TEACH ONLY PHONICS until they are able to overcome their guessing habit. Words of similar configuration are strategically grouped together to help students focus on the letters in order to identify the words. Numerous words not in the original program have been added to the Reader. This Reader is called, “Blend Phonics Fluency Drills,” in the paperback edition of Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics for First Grade.
Numerous tutoring students of all ages have doubled or tripled their reading ability in as little as five hours with this Reader. This is an extremely valuable supplement. At one school fourteen fifth- and sixth-graders passed the Texas TAKS Reading test after finishing the Blend Phonics Reader: Standard Edition. A special “fluency feature” allows the teacher to use the Precision Teaching Technique to chart student’s progress in fluency.
2. Blend Phonics Reader Lite. This is a trimmed down version of the Standard Edition for younger students who have not developed the guessing habit. It contains only the words in the original Blend Phonics. The print is also bigger. There is also a Blend Phonics Reader Lite with the vowels in red, which kids often find very helpful.
3. Blend Phonics Decodable Storybooks. These 62 delightful decodable storybooks were written by my associate, Elizabeth Brown. Each story is preceded by a list of the words containing the phonics patterns needed to read the story. I have written four comprehension questions and included a list of spelling words with each story. The children love these stories. The storybooks are now available as of January 20, 2015 in inexpensive paperback from CreateSpace: Blend Phonics Lessons and Stories
To prevent the development of the guessing habit, we have avoided all pictures and predictable text. A Progress Skills Chart is included with the storybooks.
4. Blend Phonics Alphabet Flashcards. These flashcards are simply for developing an automatic response to the Alphabet letter forms and names. Print and cursive are listed side by side on the same card. By the way, I always SAY the letter name when I write the words on the board. I spell as I write. This is part of the multi-sensory instruction and is VERY important. I tell the students that we reading with the letter sounds and spell with the letter names.
5. Alphabet Fluency. Nothing is more important in early reading instruction than a firm grasp of the letters of the alphabet, their names, order, recognition, and writing.
6. Blend Phonics Reader: Uppercase Edition. This special edition is for very young children learning to read with uppercase letters or for older students overcoming the configuration guessing habit.
7. Unit Progress Chart. For keeping track of student progress. Parents like seeing how their children are progressing. I keep a copy of this in my tutoring students folders.
9. Certificate of Completion. All kids love certificates of successful completion as evidence of their hard work and progress.
10. Blend Phonics Decoding Card. These are cards that can be used to develop decoding automaticity. They are NOT whole-word memorization cards! Here is the document I used to prepare the cards: Blend Phonics Words Numbered.
11. Blend Phonics Sound to Spelling Charts. These charts are for parents and teachers.
12. Beyond Blend Phonics. This is the followup to Blend Phonics, teaching the Anglo-Saxon, Romance, and Greek levels of English. This will boost students reading levels.
13. Phonovisual Phonics Charts. The Phonovisual Charts are not required to teach Blend Phonics, but they are a very helpful and inexpensive aid to teaching the sound-to-symbol correspondences in a scientifically organized way. There are two charts: Consonant Chart & Vowel Chart. The scientific organization of the charts is what makes them so effective. You only need one set for the classroom, and it can be used for years and years. They have seen constant use in American classrooms since 1942. See my Phonovisual Review for more information. Here is a Phonovisual YouTube that I did to explain how to use the charts. Here is a mp3 file I made for students of the Phonovisual Charts. I am delighted to find that the 1960 Phonovisual Manual is available from the Internet Archive Library. Have a good look at the 1960 Manual, and you will want to purchase the new edition.
14. Blend Phonics Sample Cursive Training Sheets
15. The Alphabet Code & How it Words by Mr. Charlie Richardson. This is a brief introduction by a dear friend of mine who passed away in 2008.
16. Blend Phonics PowerPoint. This is a link to my Dropbox files of the entire Blend Phonics Program PowerPoint slides that have been converted to PDF. I have taught many students to read with these PowerPoint Slides.
17. The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary. Every student needs to own and know how to use a good dictionary to learn the pronunciation, meaning, and usage of new words. I recommend the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary.