Let A Free Phonics Lesson  Show You Just How Well Your Child Could Be Reading

Free Phonics Lesson:

page (1) No Guess/ No stress rule

page (2) Easiest Ever! Reading Practice

page (3) Fill in the blank comprehension worksheet

page (4) Fill in the blank comprehension worksheet

The lesson above is the 5th in  English Decoder. 

Need to catch your child up on the rules from lessons1-4? They are just below.

a by itself says the 1st sound  

    in apple

d says the first sound in dog

n says the first sound in nest

t says the first sound in tiger

o by itself says the 1st sound 

   in ox

s says the first sound in sun

(s = z sound covered later)

ee and ea both say E,  like the

      letter name

i by itself says the 1st sound in


f says the first sound in fish

th says the last sound in bath

(th as in the is covered later)

e by itself says the 1st sound in


I want you to see what can happen if your child uses the improved phonics rules that are in all English Decoder lessons. 

6 Year Old Sounds Out Two Syllable Words

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Why does material like the free phonics lesson you just looked at produce better results than other programs?

It uses 3 things recommended by studies, that no one else builds in effectively:

1. Word placement.  This is demonstrated in the y rule on page 1.  The y says I (like the letter name) because of:

  • where it is used in a word (ie. the last letter) and
  • the length of the word (ie. a very short word of 2 or 3 letters). 

These details about a letter's sound are called word placement. The Hanna study of 1966 and Abbot study of 2000 found that phonics rules with word placement can be used for reading 75% more English words than reading rules without word placement.

2. Guided Oral Reading.  Simply put; child reads, you help.  This is demonstrated by the top part of page 2 in the free phonics lesson. 

Here the sounds your young scholar knows are in larger font.  You can help guide the reading by filling in the smaller font words.  The US Reading Panel found this improves reading scores.

read more about guided oral reading in the Progress Report blog

3. Vocabulary.  Another recognized key concept that no one else builds in. Text for practice reading and comprehension worksheet are New American Standard Bible- based.  This is high school reading text that a preschooler is exposed to. 

Study after study (including, again,  the US Reading Panel)  show vocabulary is critical.  It can be considered the link between phonics skills used to sound out words and comprehension. 

Best way to learn it?  Intentionally expanding the number of words a child see and hears in context.  That is exactly what you  just did on pages 2, 3 and 4 : )  Way to go.  Your child is on a roll!

Read role of vocabulary in reading parts 1 and 2 in the Progress Report blog.

Q: Who may never read without improved word placement rules like ours? 

A: Mechanically minded children. 

Every child will read better with next generation phonics rules.  Sadly, without them mechanical thinkers may never read at all.  The guesswork involved in other phonics program short circuits their exact way of thinking.

One of the children in the authors family is mechanically minded in this manor and could not learn without the English Decoder program. 

Mechanically minded children are not wired to hear the details that distinguish one word family from another on their own.

They are normally figuring out the operating system behind a program or how to rebind the book you are trying to teach them out of!!

Read more about role of vocabulary in reading and guided oral reading in the Progress Report blog.

Read about how two children were reading solo after only 9 English Decoder lessons

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Most growing readers are able to read 25% more English words right away with English Decoder.