Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

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Teaches students of all ages the basics of phonics with a time-tested, foolproof method

This tenth edition of the best-selling book teaches reading using sounds and spelling patterns. These sounds and patterns are introduced one at a time, and slowly built into words, syllables, phrases, and sentences. Simple step-by-step directions begin every lesson. Although originally designed for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book is also successfully being used with adolescent ...

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Overview

Teaches students of all ages the basics of phonics with a time-tested, foolproof method

This tenth edition of the best-selling book teaches reading using sounds and spelling patterns. These sounds and patterns are introduced one at a time, and slowly built into words, syllables, phrases, and sentences. Simple step-by-step directions begin every lesson. Although originally designed for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book is also successfully being used with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities. Wise and humorous proverbs encourage virtues such as patience, perseverance, honesty, kindness, compassion, courage, and loyalty.

  • Offers help for all students including those with learning disabilities or very short attention spans
  • Includes extensive examples, word lists, and practice readings that are 100% decodable
  • Uses a multisensory method that benefits all learning styles

This bestselling, much-loved book offers a complete approach to teaching phonics and reading for a fraction of the cost of other programs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118022436
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 180,765
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Using her materials, Dolores G. Hiskes has implemented school and community tutoring programs, such as the highly touted YES Reading Center in Palo Alto, CA. She has tutored reading for over thirty years, and trained teachers from all over the world. Well-published in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, she publishes a free e-newsletter about teaching reading, called Phonics Talk (www.dorbooks.com).

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Table of Contents

ABOUT THIS BOOK.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

ABOUT PHONICS PATHWAYS.

GETTING STARTED.

TEACHING AID: SHORT-VOWEL STICK.

GAME: SHORT-VOWEL SHUFFLE.

SHORT-VOWEL SOUNDS.

GAME: Short-Vowel Review (Bingo).

TWO-LETTER BLENDS (Eyerobics ).

GAME: THE TRAIN GAME.

GAME: STARSEARCH.

THREE-LETTER WORDS.

GAME: BAG THE BUGS.

PYRAMID.

/K/ = C-, K-, -CK.

TWO-CONSONANT ENDINGS.

-Y SUFFIX.

TWIN-CONSONANT ENDINGS.

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Real and Nonsense Words.

CONSONANT DIGRAPH ENDINGS: -sh, -th, -ch, -tch.

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Consonant Digraph Nonsense Words.

SIMPLE LONG-VOWEL SOUNDS.

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Short- and Long-Vowel Nonsense Words.

SUFFIXES.

SUFFIX SPELLING CHART.

MULTISYLLABLE WORDS.

/k/ = -ic, -ick.

DIVIDING MULTISYLLABLE WORDS.

PLURAL, POSSESSIVE, AND X.

CONSONANT DIGRAPH BEGINNINGS: sh-, ch-, wh-, th-, qu-.

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS: bl-, fl-, pl-, cl-, gl-, sl-.

FUN AND GAMES.

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS : sm-, sn-, st-, sp-, sc-, sk-.

R-MODIFIED VOWELS.

LONG-VOWEL DIGRAPHS.

/S/ = ce, ci, cy: /Ē/ = ei.

VOWEL DIPHTHONGS: /oi/ = oi, oy; /ou/ = ou, ow.

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: /j/ = -ge, gi-, & -dge Nonsense words.

-Y, -IE PLUS SUFFIXES.

-F = -VES.

NEW VOWEL SOUNDS.

/ŌO/ = oo, oul, u; /ヤ/ = au, aw, al, all, o.

THREE-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS.

SHORT-VOWEL SPELLING PATTERNS.

/Ĕ/ = ea, a, ai; /Ĭ/ = y, ui; /Ŏ/ = a; /Ŭ/ = o, ou, oo, a.

SCHWA.

CONTRACTIONS.

SILENT LETTERS: -le, k, w, l, b, t, h.

SILENT GH: /Ī/ = igh; /O/ = ough, augh; /Ō/ = ough; /ou/ = ough.

/Ā/ SPELLING PATTERNS: /Ā/ = ei, eigh, ey, ea.

S = /z/, /zh/, /sh/; /F/ = ph, gh; /K/ = ch.

ANOTHER R-MODIFIED VOWEL SOUND.

A SPELLING GRAB BAG.

Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs.

Multisyllable Words with Suffixes.

-ce, -ge; -able, -ible.

PREFIXES: pre-, sub-, re-, auto-, un-, dis-, inter-, super-.

MORE SUFFIXES: -tion, -sion, -able, -ness, -ful, -less, -ment.

COMPOUND WORDS.

BUILDING BLOCKS.

APPENDIX A: REFERENCE & SUPPLEMENTAL PRACTICE.

Spelling Strategies.

Index to Spelling Rules and Patterns.

Spelling & Pronunciation Chart.

Plural Spelling Chart.

Suffix Spelling Chart.

Student Achievement Chart.

Student Progress Notes.

Vision and Motor Coordination Training Exercises.

Pyramid.

APPENDIX B: GAMES AND ACTIVITIES.

Hot Tips.

The Short Sheet of Vowels.

The Shoo-Fly Shuffle (a.k.a. Short-Vowel Shuffle).

The Train Game.

Blendit! (Similar to Bingo).

StarSearch.

Bag the Bugs.

REVIEWS AND RESULTS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Very Usable

    This is by far the best phonics program out there. It tactically trains the eye to overcome many difficults facing children who are learning to read today. Although it is no frills and down to the very basics I had little difficulty teaching my then four year old daughter with this book. Some concepts she got right away and some concepts she really struggled with. However I found when teaching a younger child one of the keys, in any area, is take your time and do it right. We also spent no more than five minutes on a page. If we had to come back we did. If we had to stay on a page for a week or two we did. The key is consistency. She is now six years old and considered a kindergartener although she is reading at a fifth to sixth grade reading level. My two and a half year old son is also really excited about reading and he has started this book. We are only in the first five pages spending one month on each page. He loves it because he is getting to be just like his big sister. I wish I found this first. I would not mess with another program especially when you consider the savings!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    Don't get this for your preschooler or for your child that's younger than 6.

    I got this because it was so highly recommended by the authors of 'The Well-Trained Mind (TWTM).' I have since realized that TWTM isn't always going to be a reality for all people. Not all children, particularly the preschooler, learn the same way. The ladies who wrote TWTM seem to learn well with basic, no-frills approaches. It's no wonder that a classical approach, and straightforward books like this one would appeal to them. But this dry method does not work for all. As a homeschooling mother with quite a bit of experience, and from listening to others, I now know that this book would not be suitable for most preschoolers. It¿s more suited for remedial and older learners, and for those who thrive on a no-frills, 'just tell me and I know it' kind of approach. This book did not work on my children ¿ even though they both have completely different learning styles and approaches. My children absolutely hate this book and groan every time they see it. My other problem with this book is that it takes the letter-ladder approach (be, bi, ba, bo, bu), as opposed to the word family approach (bat, mat, fat, cat). The ladder approach to phonics builds words from the front. The word family approach is considered to be linguistically superior for learning English, apparently corresponding to syllabification of words. All I know is it makes sense to me and to most of us. Try as I might, I just cannot get comfortable with the front-end approach of PP. Just be cautious, Phonics Pathways does not work for all children, especially young ones. It would be better used as a reference for a child when they hit the age of six or seven. And that¿s just a maybe.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Marvelous!

    This book is terrific! My 3-year-old was trying so hard to learn to read and I was frustrated because other than basic phonics skills, I didn't know how to teach her. This book is so clear, logical and easy to use. We are 1/4 of the way through its 200+ pages and she can actually read sentences using short vowel sounds. It is so impressive for me to hear her read and so exciting for her! Word of advice though--it IS very dry and since her attention span is so short we go very slowly--about one page a day. Give it a try with your young reader and if it doesn't 'click' put it aside for a couple of weeks. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    One Of The Finest Books I Have Ever Reviewed!

    Phonics Pathways is one of the finest books for teaching children and adults I have ever reviewed. It is a clear, straightforward instructional recipe for phonics that anyone can use to learn how to read. With clarity, interest, good humor, and precision, Dolores has offered a way out of the darkness of illiteracy for anyone who wants it. The knowledge found here should be in every first-grade classroom in the country.

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