Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

by Dolores G. Hiskes

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ISBN-13: 9781118022436
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 555,609
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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 vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xii

INTRODUCTION xiii

ABOUT PHONICS PATHWAYS 1

GETTING STARTED 3

TEACHING AID: SHORT-VOWEL STICK 4

GAME: SHORT-VOWEL SHUFFLE 5

SHORT-VOWEL SOUNDS 10

GAME: Short-Vowel Review (Bingo) 16

TWO-LETTER BLENDS (Eyerobics) 17

GAME: THE TRAIN GAME 20

GAME: STARSEARCH 37

THREE-LETTER WORDS 39

GAME: BAG THE BUGS 48

PYRAMID 52

/K/ = C-, K-, -CK 53

TWO-CONSONANT ENDINGS 58

-Y SUFFIX 70

TWIN-CONSONANT ENDINGS 74

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Real and Nonsense Words 75

CONSONANT DIGRAPH ENDINGS: -sh, -th, -ch, -tch 76

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Consonant Digraph Nonsense Words 83

SIMPLE LONG-VOWEL SOUNDS 90

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: Short- and Long-Vowel Nonsense Words109

SUFFIXES 110

SUFFIX SPELLING CHART 115

MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 117

/k/ = -ic, -ick 118

DIVIDING MULTISYLLABLE WORDS 119

PLURAL, POSSESSIVE, AND X 121

CONSONANT DIGRAPH BEGINNINGS: sh-, ch-, wh-, th-, qu- 123

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS: bl-, fl-, pl-, cl-, gl-, sl- 133

FUN AND GAMES 138

TWO-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS : sm-, sn-, st-, sp-, sc-, sk- 139

R-MODIFIED VOWELS 149

LONG-VOWEL DIGRAPHS 159

/S/ = ce, ci, cy: /Ç/ = ei 173

VOWEL DIPHTHONGS: /oi/ = oi, oy; /ou/ = ou, ow 176

FLUENCY REALITY CHECK: /j/ = -ge, gi-, & -dge Nonsense words184

-Y, -IE PLUS SUFFIXES 185

-F = -VES 186

NEW VOWEL SOUNDS 188

/ÔO/ = oo, oul, u; /O/ = au, aw, al, all, o 189

THREE-CONSONANT BEGINNINGS 195

SHORT-VOWEL SPELLING PATTERNS 199

/Ĕ/ = ea, a, ai; /Ĭ/ = y, ui; /Ŏ/ = a; /Ŭ/ =o, ou, oo, a 199

SCHWA 203

CONTRACTIONS 206

SILENT LETTERS: -le, k, w, l, b, t, h 208

SILENT GH: /Î/ = igh; /O/ = ough, augh; /Ô/ = ough;/ou/ = ough 213

/Â/ SPELLING PATTERNS: /Â/ = ei, eigh, ey, ea 216

S = /z/, /zh/, /sh/; /F/ = ph, gh; /K/ = ch 219

ANOTHER R-MODIFIED VOWEL SOUND 224

A SPELLING GRAB BAG 226

Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs 226

Multisyllable Words with Suffixes 228

-ce, -ge; -able, -ible 229

PREFIXES: pre-, sub-, re-, auto-, un-, dis-, inter-, super-230

MORE SUFFIXES: -tion, -sion, -able, -ness, -ful, -less, -ment233

COMPOUND WORDS 236

BUILDING BLOCKS 237

APPENDIX A: REFERENCE & SUPPLEMENTAL PRACTICE 243

Spelling Strategies 243

Index to Spelling Rules and Patterns 244

Spelling & Pronunciation Chart 245

Plural Spelling Chart 247

Suffix Spelling Chart 248

Student Achievement Chart 249

Student Progress Notes 250

Vision and Motor Coordination Training Exercises 251

Pyramid 253

APPENDIX B: GAMES AND ACTIVITIES 255

Hot Tips 255

The Short Sheet of Vowels 256

The Shoo-Fly Shuffle (a.k.a. Short-Vowel Shuffle) 257

The Train Game 258

Blendit! (Similar to Bingo) 260

StarSearch 261

Bag the Bugs 262

REVIEWS AND RESULTS 263

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 266

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Adorable characters like Dewey the Bookworm and illustrations to delight all make this program vital in becoming part of your child's life. Let your child be a lifelong reader—give him the Phonics Pathways advantage!"
Cathy Fox, New Jersey director, National Right to Read Association, NRRF Teacher of the Year 1997

"I had no idea how to teach phonics, yet in about six weeks my 3 ½ and 5-year-old children were reading and spelling. I always recommend Phonics Pathways—it remains my favorite program."
Sandra S. Elam, director, The National Right to Read Foundation

"We are homeshcooling our 9- and 7-year-old and were convinced they would never read. Then I discovered Phonics Pathways in our local library. We are absolutely thrilled with their progress and your book!"
The Walter R. Wright family, Gnadenhutten, Ohio

"After my mom had a stroke she had trouble getting words from her brain to her mouth. Soon after she was back home I began using Phonics Pathways with her. It helped her so much—she loved it!"
Barb Tessmann, librarian, Oconomowoc Public Library, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.