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Yes, You Can Teach Phonics with this Spalding Based Program

Phonics for English Reading, Spelling and Writing Express

This program is a multi-sensory, systematic, step-by-step, 3-level curriculum for: beginners to advanced; K-12, college, remedial, self-help & ESL in school & home. The Orton-Spalding method made plain. Just Start! No teacher training needed.

The YesPhonics™ program is designed to be taught or learned step-by-step through a “Sequence.” This step-by-step sequential guide coordinates the presentation of the subjects and integrates their teaching order.

Just Start! Follow the Sequence. The teacher learns along with the students.

This YesPhonics program features a unique concept of using illustrations of mnemonic catch phrases (keyword captions) that correspond to the sound sequences of the 72 Orton Phonograms with which the students quickly and easily learn the sounds of the phonograms in the order of their use frequency.

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Orton-Spalding Method Based Programs for All Learners

 These YesPhonics™ programs need no teacher training and are designed for experienced and inexperienced teachers, tutors and parents. The step-by-step “Sequence” coordinates the presentation of the subjects and integrates the teaching order and how to teach the phonograms, spelling words, spelling rules and beginning grammar with the lesson plans and worksheets. The programs are sequenced Levels 1, 2, & 3 (kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade) and are used for all learners from beginning to advanced students.

These Orton-Spalding method based comprehensive phonetic language arts programs use a multisensory approach of seeing, saying, hearing and writing the phonograms and spelling words from dictation. A multi-sensory method has a synergistic effect of addressing the preferred learning style while reinforcing the less developed modalities.

Using this method all students will understand the concepts being taught whether they have an auditory, visual, verbal or kinesthetic/tactile individual preferred learning style mode and motor channels. This method is multi-sensory; it develops the eyes, ears, voice, hand and arm muscles, and the right and left sides of the brain concurrently. This teaching strategy fully integrates the students mind’s natural learning dispositions; it motivates everyone – brilliant, average and challenged students of every age.

In less than 60 days elementary students will write the 26 alphabet letters with single and multi-letter Orton phonograms. The students will spell and read single and multi-syllable words, learn spelling rules using lesson plans and students worksheets and begin reading literature that educates and develops a love for reading.

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 The Method Behind the Express Programs

YesPhonics Program Based on Four Brilliant Revolutionary Educator’s Method

Dr. Samuel Orton, a famous neurologist, isolated the 70 most used phonograms, the “Phonics Codes”, of the English language. A “phonogram” is either one letter or a set combination of letters which represent one or more single ‘voiced’ sounds in a given word. The phonograms are the 26 alphabet letters and 46 multi-letter teams  consisting of 2-4 letters. Each phonogram has 1-6 single sounds.

The English alphabet is a sound/symbol system. It contains 26 letters that singly and in combination represent the 45 sounds heard in English speech. The 70 Orton Phonograms represent the common spelling patterns of the 45 sounds. With these phonograms and the 29 simple Spalding spelling rules, 93-97% of the English language is phonetically accurate.

All letters and letter-combinations say a single “voiced” sound. Reading is saying single “voiced” sounds in rapid succession. When the phonograms are taught there is simply no need to teach the single “voiced” sounds of hundreds of blends (br=/b/+/r/) and endless word families (at, bat, cat). These spelling patterns are quickly and easily learned with the phonograms and spelling words.

The phonograms are taught explicitly. Explicit phonics moves from the smallest part to the whole. Students first learn the phonograms (letters and combinations of letters) and their sounds. They then build and recombine them into syllables and words.

The phonograms teach Phonemic Awareness which is literally “sound” awareness. It is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and being able to hear, recognize, break apart and manipulate the individual sounds that make up a word. For example, it is the ability to recognize that the word “mother” is made up of the separate sounds /m/-/o/-/th/-/er/. Children vary greatly in their natural ability to hear the sounds within words. Many do not realize the words they hear break apart into smaller sounds (phonemes). Hearing the individual sounds within a word is difficult because when we speak, we effortlessly blend all the sounds together which hides the phonetic nature of spoken language. In order to read and spell fluently these sounds (phonemes) must first be taught systematically and explicitly in isolation which is easily accomplished with the phonograms.

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All of the sounds of each phonogram are learned at once and filed in the computer brain in one folder for easy recall. All of the sounds of the phonograms must be known from the beginning for reading  and writing of common words (“all” says the 3rd sound of the letter “a”; “by” says the 2nd vowel sound of the letter “y”; “do” says the 4th sound of the letter “o”).

Teaching the names of the letters first is confusing and non-productive. We don’t talk, read or spell by saying and thinking  names of letters.

A most important skill is correct pronunciation in clear, distinct speech. The phonograms are a direct aid to clear and distinct speech.

Leonard P. Ayers, was a successful teacher, school administrator, statistician, researcher and director of the Department of Education. Dr. Ayers ferreted out the thousand words in most common use in the everyday world and has by numerous tests arranged these in the order of increasing difficulty, marking off the points at which each successive grade could use the spelling list. Teaching spelling with the words sequenced by use frequency,  the way the language works, is important for a complete education.

Romalda Spalding, was a teacher and a student of Dr. Orton. She discovered that her learning disabled students, using Orton’s methods, were learning to read better than her other students. Using Orton’s methods and phonograms, an Extended Ayer’s Spelling Word List, 29 simple spelling rules and word markings, she developed the highly successful multi-sensory, phonetic language arts method known as the “Spalding Method”, set forth in the teachers textbook “The Writing Road to Reading” which is designed for all students. The multi-sensory method is taught by seeing, hearing, and saying the phonograms and spelling words while writing them from dictation.

Jean Zier, a long time “Spalding Method” teacher and curriculum director in an award winning Montana public school, developed, integrated and school tested the concept of illustrations with captions that depict the sound sequence of the phonogram. For fast, accurate and fluent reading it is vital to know the phonogram sounds in the order of use frequency. The “key words” of the caption, an easy-to-learn mnemonic device, gives the sound sequence of the phonogram which is easily and quickly learned never to be forgotten.

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What Customers Say About The Express Programs

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The Carter family from Lake Charles, LA

“Thank you so much, I am thrilled to review this product. I had no idea there was such an easy way to teach the phonograms and the spelling list, this is a curriculum we will be telling our parents about.” Sincerely, VA, Curriculum Center Coordinator of the Children’s Center, Memphis TN.

  “The YesPhonics program is wonderful! My 5-year-old is reading after three months of one-hour daily lessons. He is really proud of himself. I just want you to know that I’m very pleased to have found this program. It has been a positive experience for our whole family”. (Update: He is reading newspapers in the 1st grade) an inexperienced homeschool mom, C.S. Fairview, MT.

“Pauline Adamson has developed a wonderful set of self-help teaching aids based on the phonics program, “The Writing Road to Reading” by Romalda Spalding. As an elementary school teacher who uses the Spalding approach, I highly recommend Mrs. Adamson’s material”. – Jean Zier, 1st and 2nd Grade teacher and curriculum director of an award winning school and teacher Teacher -Roberts, MT

Orton-Spalding Method Based  Programs for All Learners

These programs are for all ages and reading levels: k-12, k-college to advanced learners. These phonetic language arts programs may be used for teaching phonics to school and home school children, preschool, kindergarten, first-grade, second-grade and third-grade in primary and elementary grades, gifted, special education, bilingual English as a second language, ESL and EFL.

They also have instruction for teaching and learning for the advancement of reading and spelling skills and remediation in fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade in middle school, high school, college, , educational learning strategies for early intervention of at risk teen, illiterate, reluctant and challenged readers, career advancement, reading skills enhancement, self-help and self-learning, literacy.  Right-brain reading instruction for infants, babies, toddlers, early childhood and pre-school children has it own program. Everyone, regardless of previous education, will benefit quickly with these programs.

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English as a Second Language (ESL): Write and Spell to Read and Speak

English is the global language in today’s world. It is estimated that over a billion people are in the process of learning English. It is the main language of books, newspapers, science & technology, diplomacy, international competitions, pop music and advertising. It is also the language of media and business – with more than 80% of international companies using it for communication.

Carmen Cobbett , B.SC., is a Certified TEFL Instructor and Graduate of University of Michigan. Her interest in teaching English as a foreign language started when she was an English tutor at the university’s English Composition Board (EBC). She has served as an Examination Officer for several overseas English Entrance Exams that assess ESL university applicants to US universities. She and her family moved from Michigan in the USA to Singapore where she now tutors all ages and levels of students in ESL, she says:

“Currently I am giving private lessons to two 5th -graders, two 9th-graders, and there are a few between 2-4th-graders. They are all Chinese Singaporeans. The YesPhonics Program works fantastic with my students and they are doing quite well. Ironically,  my dyslexic student responded the best among the other ones who do not have reading  problems. It’s working out so well that I’ve decided against going to the Spalding class.”

“An observation in using the YesPhonics program for ESL: Sometimes they get confused with spelling because the way they speak (quite a bit of pigeon English) affects the way they think of the sounds. For example, they say “taught” instead of “thought,”  so they would spell the word right when I dictate the phonograms, but then when it comes to everyday writing they get those words confused. But I think  that’s the point of the program because I would correct them, and gradually they start speaking with          better pronunciation.”

Students studying English quickly acquire a grasp of the language if it is presented by the “Spalding Method.” Without this logical approach, English is difficult for them. This method is being used in many countries to teach English.

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The Research that Proves Phonics Work for Teaching Reading

In 1997, the U.S. Congress requested that the Director of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in consultation with the Secretary of Education, appoint a panelof experts to determine the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching reading. They selected 14 panel members (for the National Reading Panel) from 300 applicants. No federal government employees, persons who had taken set stands on particular approaches to teaching methods, or persons with financial or commercial ties to reading-material production were considered. The group included scientists engaged in reading research, psychologists, a pediatrician, a teacher, administrators, a principal and a parent. In April 2000, the NICHD released the report of the National Reading Panel, under the title Teaching Children to Read. (see: www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/bubskey.cfm?from=nrp)

Studies reviewed: The panel selected research from approximately 100,000 reading research studies published since 1966, and another 15,000 that had been published before that time. Public comments: Five regional meetings of more than 400 people.

Panel findings:

Four components identified by the National Reading Panel as essential for success in reading.

1) Teach children to break apart and manipulate the sounds in words (phonemic  awareness).

Panel: Phonemic awareness is knowledge that spoken words are made up of tiny segments of

sound referred to as phonemes.

YesPhonics Program: Phonemic awareness is literally “sound” awareness. It is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and being able to hear, recognize, and manipulate the individual sounds that make up a word. For example, it is the ability to recognize that the word “dad” is made up of the separate sounds /d/ /a/ /d/.Children vary greatly in their natural ability to hear the sounds within words. Many do not realize the words they hear break apart into smaller sounds (phonemes). Hearing the individual sounds within a word is difficult because when we speak, we effortlessly blend all the sounds together which hides the phonetic nature of spoken language. In order to read and spell fluently these sounds (phonemes) must first be taught systematically and explicitly in isolation which is easily accomplished with the phonograms.

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2) Teach them that these sounds are represented by letters that can be blended together to form words (phonics).

Panel: The panel found that the research conducted to date strongly supports the concept that explicitly and systematically teaching children to manipulate phonemes significantly improves children’s reading and spelling abilities. The evidence for this is so clear cut that this method should be an important component of classroom reading instruction.

YesPhonics Program: Explicit phonics moves from the smallest part (phonemes) to the whole. The students first learn the 72 Orton Phonograms, the word building tools of alphabet letters and multi-letter (set combinations of letters) and their sounds (phonemes). Then they build and recombine them into syllables and words.

3) Have them practice what they’ve learned by reading aloud with guidance and feedback (guided oral reading).

     Panel: The panel determined that effective reading instruction includes teaching children to break apart and manipulate the sounds in words, teaching them that these sounds are represented by letters of the alphabet which can be then be blended together to form words (phonics).

YesPhonics Program: This is accomplished by learning the 72 phonograms (phonics) and writing spelling words in syllables from words that are dictated  phonogram by phonogram, sound- by-sound (phoneme-by-phoneme) in syllables. The student then sounds (says the phonemes) and writes the spelling word  without seeing the word first. The students use only paper and pencil and their minds. The students read aloud in class their spelling words, sentences and paragraphs they have written.

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We all got together to practice some manuscript writing.

4) Teach them to apply strategies to guide and improve reading comprehension.

      Panel: To determine how children best learn to comprehend what they read, the panel reviewed studies of three areas regarded as essential to developing reading comprehension; vocabulary development, text comprehension instruction, and teacher preparation. Vocabulary should be taught both directly-apart from a larger narrative or text-and indirectly-as words are encountered in a larger text.

In the spelling lessons the students obtain the basic knowledge of how the written language works. At the completion of the spelling list at the end of level 3 (3rd grade) elementary  students can decode (read and pronounce) the longest of unfamiliar words, phoneme-by-phoneme and syllable-by-syllable. At this point, students are able to read anything in their comprehension vocabularies, about 30,000 words. Compare this with the 900 words third graders are able to read using the Whole Language (Word) method.

YesPhonics Programs: To spell and write to read from the beginning produces auditory processing skills that can be more precisely and efficiently taught through spelling rather than randomly taught through “implicit” phonics applied to pronouncing words for reading. Phonics for reading alone gives only approximate pronunciations for many words. Early learning of correct spelling patterns (while avoiding programming of misinformation such as “invented” spelling) allows elementary students to write with increased precision and creativity. As a result, they can then read at their interest and speaking vocabulary levels; enjoying quality literature with its obvious benefits.

I just wanted to let you know how often I recommend your curriculum. It is an excellent phonics program and I recommend it to anyone looking for one. Not only for those children that are dyslexic, but for all children. I have a true phonics child (wouldn’t read till he understood why) and a sight-word child. Both did well with your program and became better readers because of it. I bought the program after trying to use “The Writing Road to Reading” (the book). I was very frustrated by it  and did a web search and found your site. This was 4 years ago, in 2001. I live in Utah and have homeschooled  for 4 years. Yours was the very first curriculum I ever bought. Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together. -LL in Utah

Phonics Codes for English Express Original Program
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In 5 weeks beginning students will easily learn and write: 56 Orton Phonograms; 150 Ayers Spelling Words; 10 Spalding Spelling Rules; Write and read sentences that they construct from their spelling words. Potential reading ability will then include hundreds of words. They will start reading literature from the library that educates and develops a love of reading.

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 Use one of these YesPhonics™ Orton-Spalding Method Based Phonetic Language Arts programs for 2 months. We are so confident that you will see a marked improvement in your student’s language arts skills that we offer a 60-day, money–back guarantee (less 10% S&H). The Orton-Spalding method has been used to teach English to millions around the world since its publication in 1957.

This YesPhonicsprogram contain all of the components needed for everyone to learn to write and spell accurately and read fluently. Simply follow the “Sequence” in the Phonics Express Program Manual and throughout the Ayres Spelling List  that gives the step-by-step instructions that coordinate the presentation and integrates the subject to be taught. Just Start! The teacher learns along with the students.

In this 60-day time frame beginning students will be writing sentences using the words from their spelling notebooks and will be reading  beginning literature. Other learners will experience a significant advancement in their reading and spelling skills.

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The Keys to Reading, Spelling and Writing English

A “Phonogram” is either one letter or a set combination of letters which represent one or more single “voiced” sounds in a given word.

The 72 phonograms are the 26 alphabet letters and 46 multi-letters consisting of 2-4 letters. Each Phonogram has 1-6 single sounds.

The 72 Phonograms are:

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, qu, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, sh, ee, th, ay, ai, ow, ou, aw, au, ew, ui, oy, oi, oo, ch, ng, ea, ar, ck, ed, or, wh, oa, oe, er, ir, ur, wor, ear, our, ey, ei, eigh, ie, igh, kn, gn, wr, ph, dge, tch, ti, si, ci, ough, gu

The 72 Phonograms with Easy-to-Learn Keyword Captions

For fast accurate reading it is vital to know the phonogram’s sounds in the order of use frequency. The phonogram illustration with its “keyword” caption depicts the sound sequence of the phonogram. This is an easy-to-learn memory device, which is easily and quickly learned, never to be forgotten. Without this knowledge reading and spelling are very difficult.

Phonograms are the primary phonics codes for the English language and the “phonics platform” needed by all readers and writers of English.

Teach Phonemic Awareness with the phonograms that say the 45 individual sounds (phonemes)  heard in English speech. Phonemic awareness is the knowledge that spoken words are made up of these tiny segments of sounds; literally “sound” awareness, and is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and being able to hear, recognize, break apart and manipulate the individual sounds that make up syllables and words (explicit phonics).

Dr. Orton isolated the 72 most used phonograms that represent the common spelling patterns of  the 45 sounds heard in English speech. They are the “primary codes” of English. They are the 26 alphabet letters and 46 multi-letter teams consisting of 2-4 letters, each has 1-6 sounds. These are the primary phonics codes and word-building tools used for speaking, spelling, writing and reading English.

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To teach reading, phonics is taught first and fast. In the first 5 weeks the students will learn 56 phonograms. They are taught explicitly with the flash cards and a DVD/CD with easy-to-learn illustrations, keyword captions and a Sound-A-Long  feature that depict the phonograms sound sequences. All of the sounds of each phonogram are learned together, not in layers.

All of the phonogram’s sounds must be known from the beginning to spell and read common words that say their 1st to 6th sound such as: ‘me, to, go, she, the, now, you, my, see, all, out, may, look.’ They will also learn the first 150 words of the Ayres Spelling List. The words are taught in syllables with spelling rules and word markings that use the lesson plans and students worksheets and they will write and read sentences that they construct from spelling words.

Potential reading abilities will then include hundreds of words that make up the same spelling patterns. All students can quickly grasp these essentials and apply them to any reading context and start reading literature from the library and many other sources of their age-interest that educate and develop a love of reading.

At the completion of the Ayers Spelling Word List at the end of the 3rd level, elementary students can read the longest of unfamiliar words syllable-by-syllable with phonogram word- building tools. At this point, the students have accelerated their comprehension power and are able to read anything in their vocabulary of about 30,000 words.

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The 72 phonograms teach the 45 sounds heard in English speech. These individual sounds are called “phonemes”. Use the phonograms to teach the 45 “phonemes” for students to achieve phonemic awareness as recommended in the National Reading Panel’s guidelines for Reading First.

Phonemic awareness is the knowledge of these tiny segments of sound that make up words. It is literally “sound” awareness and is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and of being able to hear, recognize, and manipulate the individual sounds that make up a word. For example, it is the ability to recognize that the word “dad” is made up of the separate sounds /d/ /a/ /d/. Children vary greatly in their natural ability to hear the sounds within words. Many do not realize the words they hear break apart in to smaller sounds (phonemes). Hearing the individual sounds within a word is difficult because when we speak, we effortlessly blend all of the sounds together which hides the phonetic nature of spoken language. In order  to read and spell fluently these sounds (phonemes) must first be taught systematically and explicitly in isolation  which is easily accomplished with the phonograms.

Teach Phonic Sounds First – Not Alphabet Letter Names

This phonetic method first teaches the phonic sounds of the alphabet letter phonograms (a-z), rather than the names of the letters. Learning the letter names first confuses students. Learning to write the letters with their sounds links the sounds of speech with the symbols (letters) used for spelling and reading the words. Proper pronunciation, enunciation and articulation are acquired from the beginning.

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I searched so long to find a user-friendly way to do Spalding Phonics. The method is unmatched, but “The Writing Road to Reading” is just so cumbersome to learn, plan and implement. With three children under 3, I’m just too busy to do it justice. So I am thrilled to find your program. C.H. Omaha, NE

All of the sounds of each phonogram are learned at the same time in the order of use frequency to be filed in the computer brain in one folder for easy recall. All of the sounds of the alphabet letter phonograms and many of the multi-letter phonograms must be known from the beginning for writing, spelling  and reading high frequency spelling words such as: me, to, all, she, the, you, how, low, my, good, out, day, boy. 

Systematic & Explicit Phonics

The Orton phonograms teach the systematic and predictable relationships between the letters of written language and the individual sounds of spoken language with direct teaching of a set of letter-sound relationships in a clearly defined sequence. The phonograms are taught explicitly. Explicit phonics moves from the smallest part to the whole. The students first learn the phonograms (letters and set combinations of letters) and their sounds. They then build and recombine them into syllables and words. Knowing these relationships will help students recognize familiar words and accurately and automatically decode and write new words. The mind “frees up” for comprehension only after decoding becomes automatic.

Step-by Step Sequential Teaching Guide

The “Sequence” is the guide for teaching and learning the programs. This sequential step-by-step guide coordinates the presentation of the subjects and integrates the teaching order on a daily, weekly and level (grade) basis in the Phonics Express Program Manual. The “Sequence” is also listed throughout the Ayers Spelling Word List in the manuals.

No Teacher Training Needed!

These YesPhonics™ programs need no teacher training and are designed for experienced and inexperienced teachers, tutors and parents. The step-by-step “Sequence” coordinates the presentation of the subjects and integrates the teaching order and how to teach the phonograms, spelling words, spelling rules and beginning grammar with the lesson plans and worksheets. The programs are sequenced Levels 1, 2, & 3 (kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade) and are used for all learners from beginning to advanced students.

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Inside the Express Program

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Phonics For English Manual

The Phonics Express Program Manual is 8 1/2″ x 11″ and has 270 pages; it is coil bound and is printed in easy-to-read 14 point Times New Roman font.

The Program Manual has a 3-Level Curriculum (Sequenced K-3rd for beginners to advanced learners). The Lesson Plans have two pages; one page of teaching instructions and one page of the Worksheets filled in with manuscript and cursive writing to simulate the students’ work. The Extended Ayers Spelling Word List is single column with division lines between each word. The words have comprehensive dialogues and teaching instruction for each word with reference to spelling rules, lesson plans and students worksheet numbers. The “Sequence” is listed throughout the spelling list as well as in the manual.

Introduction: Method, Research and History

Scope: Overview of Method and Teaching Material

Sequence: The Sequence is the guide for daily, weekly and by-the-grade teaching of the program in the Phonics Express Program Manual and it is also listed throughout the Ayres Spelling List in the manual. This step-by-step sequential guide coordinates the presentation of the subjects and integrates the teaching order of the phonograms, spelling words, spelling rules and beginning grammar with the Lesson Plans and Students Worksheets.

Teaching Material & How to Teach:

-How to teach Manuscript and Cursive Writing.

-How to teach the 72 Orton Phonograms includes: Phonograms/Captions Chart; Dialogues for teaching: “Single-Letter Phonograms,” “Illustration/Caption Coloring/Hand-Out Sheets” and “Multi-Letter Phonograms.”

-How to teach the Ayers Spelling List with the multi-sensory method includes: Dialogues for teaching: “One-Syllable Words”, “Multi-Syllable Words” and “Think to Spell.”

-Spelling Rules Chart.

-Word Markings & Misc.

Teach the 28 Students Worksheets

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Tim Danyo using the Flash Cards to teach his kids the 72 Orton Phonograms.

The 28 Lesson Plans have 2 pages each. The first page gives the Sequence numbers, teaching instructions, spelling words and markings to use. The second page is the Students Worksheet that is filled in by hand in manuscript or cursive writing to replicate the way it would appear if the teacher or a student had written in the spelling words.

The 28 Lesson Plans and Worksheets Directory:

  1. Consonant & Vowels
  2. Multi-Letter Phonogram Reference Chart
  3. Syllables
  4. Sentence, Original Sentence, Paragraph
  5. Silent Final E’s
  6. Nouns & Adjectives
  7. 4 Ways a Single Vowel Can Say A, E, I, O, U
  8. Verbs, Pronouns, Prepositions
  9. F, L & Doubling Rule
  10. SH, TI, SI & CI Say / SH/
  11. I & Y Say E
  12. Plurals: Suffixes – S, -ES
  13. C & G before E, I or Y
  14. Homonyms & Homographs
  15. E’s Dropping Rule
  16. Rule 1-1-1 Suffixes Learning Reference Chart
  17. 6 Spellings of ER
  18. ED- Past Tense Endings
  19. Rule 2-1-1 Suffixes Learning Reference Chart
  20. I & O Followed by Two Consonants
  21. L Dismiss Rule & Compound Words
  22. OUGH “Wild” Phonogram Team
  23. Y’s Exchange Rule
  24. Contractions Reference  Chart
  25. Comparative Words Reference Chart
  26. IE or EI Question
  27. Other Phonograms
  28. Word Analysis: Root with Rules Application
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Ayres Spelling List

Ayres Spelling List: The Ayres Spelling List consists of 1000 words in the most common use in the everyday world. They are used to study the structure of the language and explain most of the spelling problems in English. This core spelling list has extensions of 300 words that are root word derivatives, similar words and words added for teaching the spelling rules with the Lesson Plans and Students Worksheets. When the words for the grade levels are complete, the teacher may then choose words pertinent to the students’ reading material to use for spelling.

The spelling words are taught in syllables and are referenced to the 29 Spalding spelling rules. The 92 pages of spelling words are in single columns with lines between each word. They have comprehensive dialogues and teaching explanations for each word with its spelling rule, lesson plan and students worksheet numbers.

The step-by-step “Sequence” is listed throughout the spelling list as well as earlier in the Phonics Express Program Manual. The words that are used in the Lesson Plans are also in the spelling list with their “Sequence” numbers for easy coordination of their teaching timetable.

The Ayres spelling words are taught in the order of use frequency the way the language works. From the beginning, students learn to write simple and complex sentences and to apply capitalization and punctuation rules for literate English sentences by using high frequency words from their Spelling Notebooks. The words are also used to learn parts of  speech and build derivatives. Spelling lists of word families and words associated with the phonograms are often low frequency and are not of immediate use for daily reading and writing practice.

Phonogram Pages (Appendix A): The Phonogram Pages in the back of the Phonics Express Program Manual are for a reference and are reproducible masters. The 72 phonograms are placed 2 on each page; they may be copied on double-sides or single-sides and/or cut in half.

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Other Components in the Express Program

The 72 Orton Phonograms are the primary phonics codes for the English language and the “phonics platform” needed by all readers and writers of English.

The phonograms teach the 45 individual sounds that are heard in English speech. These sounds are called  “phonemes“. Use these products containing  the 72 Orton Phonograms to teach Phonemic Awareness as recommended by the National Reading Panel in its guidelines for Reading First. Phonemic Awareness  is the knowledge that spoken words are made up of these tiny segments of sounds; literally “sound“  awareness, and is the understanding that words are made up of sounds and being able to hear, recognize,  break apart and manipulate the individual sounds that make up syllables and words (explicit phonics).

These products are available in the programs and as separate products (see below). They may be used with any  language arts program and for all learners of English.

Phonics Codes for English Sound-A-Long DVD

The Phonics Codes for English Illustrated Phonograms Sound-A-Long DVD & CD have the 72 Orton Phonograms with Illustrations, Sound Sequences and Keyword Captions and a Sound-A-Long feature. The phonograms are shown and called by number. The sound sequence and dialogue is said two times; the students are invited to say the sound sequence and dialogue along with the speaker the second time. The speaker says the Keyword Captions once. The DVD is 26 minutes; the CD is the sound track of the DVD. The CD may be used with one of the phonogram products as a follow-along. Use the DVD/CD as a teaching tool for learning, review and drill of the phonograms.  The Phonogram’s sound sequence should be rehearsed until the phonogram stands out as a sound in a word.

Phonics Codes for English Sound-A-Long DVD
Phonics Codes for English Sound-A-Long DVD

Flash Card Phonogram Pack

The phonogram cards have one very large, black, bold lettered phonogram on the face to show to the students.The back has the pronunciation keywords, the teaching dialogue between the black lines and the illustration and keyword caption device that depicts the phonogram’s sound sequence. The cards are printed on heavy 100# white gloss card stock, precut 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. Use for classrooms and one-to-one teaching and learning in schools and homes for everyone. The Flash Cards are included in both the Express Original and Express Deluxe Programs.

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Flash Card Phonogram Pack

Phonogram Sheets, Illustrated Keyword Captions for Coloring, Handouts & Wall Charts

The 72 phonograms are placed two on each side of the Phonogram Sheet. Each includes the phonogram, illustration, sound sequence, dialogue and keyword caption. They may be used to learn the phonograms, for drill, for coloring for elementary students, as handouts for middle through college and other students, for a DVD or CD teaching companion, to display as wall charts and other uses. Use in classrooms and for one-to-one teaching and learning in schools and homes for everyone. The Phonograms Sheets consist of 18 reproducible masters printed on double-sides. They may be copied on single-side or double side.

Phonogram Sheets, Illustrated Keyword Captions for Coloring, Handouts & Wall Charts for teaching English
Phonogram Sheets, Illustrated Keyword Captions for Coloring, Handouts and Wall Charts

Students Worksheets

The Students Worksheets are 28 reproducible masters on 15 sheets printed on double-sides. They are copied on single -sides for the students to use, as they are needed. They are used for teaching the spelling rules with the spelling words and lesson plans from the program manuals.

Lesson Plans
One of the 28 Student Worksheets

Teaching Guides and Instructions

The Teaching Guides consist of six handy carry along cards of dialogues and instructions duplicated from the manual for teaching  Writing, Phonograms, Coloring/Handouts, Spelling, Word Markings, Spelling Rules Chart and  Phonogram Sound Sequences & Captions List.

Teaching Instructions
Teaching Guides and Instructions

Phingo! Phonetic Bingo Game

The YesPhonics Phingo!™ game comes with a deck of 72 cards, each representing one of the Orton phonograms, which are vital to embedding the 45 sounds and sound combinations of the English language in the student’s memory. Phingo!™ also comes with six (6) reproducible bingo-style grid cards, just like a real bingo game. Complete playing instructions are also included.

Phingo! Phonetic Bingo Game
Phingo! Phonetic Bingo Game

Creative Coloring Book

The Creative Coloring Book incorporates two of the three types of learning – visual and kinesthetic (and, if instructed to say the captions out loud, auditory also) – and engages the imagination while it offers students a fun diversion. Although everybody is different, most students tend to gravitate to one learning style over the other two. When students employ their strongest learning style/s, they typically find homework less stressful and more productive. Through a simultaneous combination of two or more learning styles, as in the Creative Coloring Book, learning quickens and deepens, unlocking a child’s true potential.

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Jennie and Darius using the Phonics for English Manual and the Creative Coloring Book.

Spelling Notebook

The Spelling Notebook was also designed with young students in mind – those with small hands and developing mechanical skills. The specific technical aspects of the YesPhonics Spelling Notebook were strategically developed to accommodate the early learning of children and their specific writing style and challenges.

One of the most important aspects of the custom notebook from YesPhonics is that it utilizes 3/8″ lines with a dashed line in the center. With this format, students can easily locate the proper spacing needed to perfectly form the written letters.

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The Spelling Notebook with 3/8″ lines for developing motor control in young students.

Sound-A-Long CD

With your own personal coach, the Sound-A-Long CD helps take teaching – and learning – phonics to a whole new level, as students repeat what they hear, while they ride in the car, lounge on the couch, or sit in a classroom. Students learn the sound sequences of the phonograms so they can literally “decode” every word they see.

Phonics Codes for English Sound-A-Long CD
The Phonics Codes for English Sound-A-Long CD, perfect for practising the 72 Orton phonograms on the go.

These YesPhonics™  programs are based on the multisensory, comprehensive, literature based, intensive, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory Orton-Spalding Method (also known as Spaulding) that is a teachers resource and teaching aid that needs no training to teach all students to read, spell and write with their individual learning styles and modes whether visual, auditory or kinesthetic; it is used for beginners to advanced learners in classrooms and one-to-one in schools, homes and homeschools.

These programs are taught with the step-by-step program manuals that have a 3-level curriculum sequenced: Grades k, 1, 2, 3 for pre-school, kindergarten, primary and elementary; they are used to teach basic explicit phonics for remedial: Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, middle school, k-12; they are also effective for special education, reluctant, at risk teens, illiterate and learning disabilities. All learners will profit quickly with these programs, for high school, k-college, self-improvement, self-help, gifted, bilingual, ESL, EFL and English as a second language for teachers, educators, tutors, parents and families.

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I have been using the YesPhonics Phonograms (Cards)  for several years. I have seen  such a change in the reading ability of my students when they leave me since using the YesPhonics Phonograms. They begin reading good chapter books in January. I  am very excited to have the CD and DVD (now). J.L. Elementary School Teacher, Avondale, LA 

In 5 weeks beginning students will easily learn and write: 56 Orton Phonograms; 150 Ayers Spelling Words; 10 Spalding Spelling Rules; Write and read sentences that they construct from their spelling words. Potential reading ability will then include hundreds of words. They will start reading literature from the library that educates and develops a love of reading.

No Hassle 60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee Phonics for English Reading, Spelling & Writing Express Programs Programs for K-College, Self-Learning & ESL

 Use one of these YesPhonics™ Orton-Spalding Method Based Phonetic Language Arts programs for 2 months. We are so confident that you will see a marked improvement in your student’s language arts skills that we offer a 60-day, money–back guarantee (less 10% S&H). The Orton-Spalding method has been used to teach English to millions around the world since its publication in 1957.

This YesPhonicsprogram contain all of the components needed for everyone to learn to write and spell accurately and read fluently. Simply follow the “Sequence” in the Phonics Express Program Manual and throughout the Ayres Spelling List  that gives the step-by-step instructions that coordinate the presentation and integrates the subject to be taught. Just Start! The teacher learns along with the students.

In this 60-day time frame beginning students will be writing sentences using the words from their spelling notebooks and will be reading  beginning literature. Other learners will experience a significant advancement in their reading and spelling skills.

Questions? E-mail our Teaching Support Team, they are standing by to help solve all of your teaching problems.

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Express Original Program
Express Original Program

About Us

YesPhonics exists to promote literacy. So, how do we put our belief into action? How are we accomplishing this mission? Two words. Educator empowerment.

We envision a world where teachers and homeschoolers have the time, tools, and confidence to teach their best!

We see teachers and homeschoolers developing in their students a true love for reading and the joy, confidence, and scholastic aptitude that comes with it!

We do this by:

  • Making the curriculum affordable for home schools and classrooms.
  • Using a proven teaching method based of the Orton spading method
  • Reducing class preparation time for teachers.
  • Teaching critical thinking for students.
  • Using multi-sensory whole brained learning methods.
  • Keeping every lesson organized, sequenced, and easy to follow.
  • Students are reading in five weeks.
  • Students are spelling words in two months.

YesPhonics Express Program

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Irene and Jimmy showing off the Phonics Codes for English Manual.

The YesPhonics Express Program was created to equip educators all over the world. It’s an all in one system that is the roadmap for teaching writing, reading, and spelling of the English language.

We offer a 60 day money back guarantee, if you’re not satisfied with how well your child/student is in their reading, spelling and writing capabilities, we’ll refund 100% of your money with no questions asked. If you have questions or concerns when you’re teaching your student, we have free e-mail support, so you’ll never be left in dark, or have a question go unanswered.

Give our program a try- we have two different versions: our Express original ($149) and our Express Deluxe ($249). Each program will not only teach your child how to read, spell and write effectively, but it will also instill within them a passion for life long learning and a love of reading.

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Phonics for English Manual
Phonogram Flash Card Pack
Sound-A-Long DVD
Reproducible Masters
Teaching Guides
Sound-A-Long CD
Creative Coloring Book
Spelling Notebook
Phingo! Phonetic Bingo
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