The Higgs Phonics Reading Program is designed to teach a person to read in 40 hours (1 hour each day for 40 days). The program is supposed to be geared toward 9 year olds and up but I think it has been very helpful to our 6 year old. She struggled with reading in kindergarten so I really wanted to find a reading program and work with her over the summer. She’s had a difficult time sounding words out and blending, sounds together to hear/read words. While she has no trouble with site words as she can memorize and recognize certain words by looking at them but problems with sounding out words she didn’t know, with Higgs Phonics she is getting much better at that. Given her age and attention span we do not work on the lessons in the book for an hour each day, but we take it slow and let her go at her pace. She really seems to enjoy the exercises in the first volume some are more challenging for her while other are fun for her to do.
Volume 1 – Working Out With The Alphabet
A must-have for beginners and great for “reviewing”. The first volume includes alphabet letter shapes, consonant and short-long vowel sounds. There are over 300 fun exercises in this book for learning and practice.
Volume 2 – The Word’s Greatest Secrets
This volume is designed for a 3rd Grade reading level and up. Volume 2 teaches little-known phonics rules and decoding skills. Guaranteed to take all the mystery out of reading 90% of all English words. Blends, diphthongs, digraphs and lots more will leave you a fluent reader. Over 500 skill building exercises!
Volume 3 – All the Parts of Language Arts
Volume 3 teaches students about prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. It includes lessons on dictionary skills, eight parts of speech, and punctuation. Writing & spelling traps are thoroughly explained. Meanings are given for over 80 root words, prefixes and suffixes. After completing the series, fluency in reading will greatly improve. This one contains over 2,500 words to decode!
The Teacher’s Manual was created to enable the teacher to feel confident, secure and well prepared in guiding their students through each volume. It presents a road map and framework for teaching phonetic-based reading skills. Students become actively engaged in the learning process, whether in class or in independent reading. The Teacher’s Manual also includes reproducible class and student evaluation forms to help educators evaluate students. This will assure that the students are reaching the progress goals of the curriculum
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