These worksheets are based on a new framework for learning to read. That framework is expecting one letter to have only one sound choice. Wouldn’t that make life easier? It makes progress faster too.
This concept is not unheard of in the phonetic language world. We see it in “decodable books” and in languages other than English. For instance, Russian has 30+ letters – one for each sound.
With additional attention to where a letter is used in a word and how many letters the word contains, students can expect this same kind of consistency in learning to read English.
In a nutshell, English is less irregular than we thought. We, for one, are extremely grateful! Quick editorial sidebar:
Nearly half of all people searching a popular and expensive phonics program are under 18 years old. I can hardly write this! That means that parents are not the only ones searching out reading material for their children. Children are frustrated enough to be out in search of their own reading instruction!
It is hugely important to me that (1) this frustration is not considered built into the language itself and (2) we make a way to satisfy this hunger for knowledge. Done : )
Without repeating myself as to how English Decoder and SI work and why, I think parents can approach the worksheets here with the expectation of faster progress. They should not have to brace for tears and confusing questions just because their child is learning letter sounds.
One Mom using the program has been battling an illness and so, is low on energy. Her son is reading on his own after just a few lessons in the English Decoder Program , a book of worksheets like the ones above.
This Mom just printed out a page at a time (essentially worksheets). She suggested how much faster a healthy parent could see progress in a child.
If reading is a matter of connecting a single letter with a single sound then learning letter sounds is just putting one foot in front of the other.