One in four school students struggle to read. The Phonics Handbook
has been written to give assistance to teachers in helping students
with reading difficulties. Taking a phonological approach, the book
is set out in the form of lesson plans designed to be used
instantly, requiring no preparation.
The book is based on the wisdom gained from working with
hundreds of students who have attended the author?s
after-school reading clinic. This is reflected in the practical
approach to helping students of all ages including those with
English as a second language and those with a range of difficulties
including, special needs, motivational and attention problems.
Phonics Handbook includes lesson plans for every phonics skill
from the basic alphabet sounds through to blends, digraphs,
syllable breaking and decoding Latin and Greek words. Each lesson
is followed by a worksheet for students. Using this format, the
book incorporates diagnostic assessment to measure what students
need at the outset of teaching, as well as measuring whether the
tutoring has been effective. Additional teaching strategies are
given to reinforce spelling and assist reading comprehension.
Strategies for ?hard to teach? students and information
on reporting to parents are included, incorporating research on the
best tutoring methods.