Written and illustrated with sensitivity and gentle humor, Free Phonetic Readers features short and long vowels. Stories introducing children from a variety of backgrounds along with their families, friends, pets and other critters introduce phonics to the beginning reader.
The only prerequisite to reading these stories is that the reader has been taught the sounds, not the names, of the letters of the alphabet. To help with this there are several links at the bottom of this page that teach the sounds of the alphabet.
Vowels are featured first in the initial position of a word (Ab, Ed, Abe, Eve) and then in medial positions (ran, fez, bake).
There are three stories for each of the five short and long vowels.
Each story has
- a title page,
- a pictionary page featuring the story's main characters and other story words,
- five story pages and
- a vocabulary page which consists of two parts
- the featured phonic and
- the story's mystery/sight words and other phonic patterns.
With this simple format the reader feels a real sense of accomplishment with her or his ability to finish an entire book.
Beginning with the long vowel books some words using blends will be added to the vocabulary. Also "s" will be used at the end of words for plurals, for possessives and for subject/verb agreement.
Author & Publisher
When learning to read is experienced not just as the best way but as the only way to be transported into a world previously unknown, then the child's unconscious fascination with imaginary events and magic power will support his conscious efforts at decoding, giving him strength to master the difficult task of learning to read and become a literate person.
Our thesis is that learning, particularly learning to read, must give the child the feeling that through it new worlds will be open to his mind and imagination."
Learning to Read
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