Since we plan to homeschool, I’m trying to implement more learning activities with Zoë now, so that she gets used to it and so do I (she is 4). She has been showing a lot of interest in learning to read, so I was excited to receive Higgs Phonics, a scientifically based reading instruction system, for review. The system is designed to teach your child to read in 40 hours.
It comes with 3 learning volumes and a Teacher’s Manual.
Volume 1: Working Out With The Alphabet
Volume 1 is designed for beginning readers or for review. It includes alphabet letter shapes, consonant and short-long vowel sounds and offers more than 300 fun packed exercises.
Volume 2: The Word's Greatest Secrets
Volume 2 is designed for 3rd grade reading level and up and is great for foreign language speakers. It teaches little-known phonics rules and decoding skills, blends, diphthongs, digraphs and more through more than 500 skill building exercises.
Volume 3: All the Parts of Language Arts
Volume 3 teaches about prefixes, suffixes and combining forms. It features dictionary skills, eight parts of speech and punctuation lessons. Writing and spelling traps are thoroughly explained and meanings are given for more than 80 root words, prefixes and suffixes.
The Teacher’s Manual enables the teacher (or parent) 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.
Our Experience with Higgs Phonics
All students are supposed to begin with volume 1, no matter what their reading level is. The Teacher’s Manual does a very good job of explaining why reviewing the building blocks is important, and giving tips on how to handle student questions on why they are reviewing the basics.
Since Zoë is just starting out, we have only gotten part way into Volume 1. We have reviewed the initial lessons multiple times, and we plan to continue going through the lessons at a pace that is right for her. We’re still focusing on vowels and the sounds they make. I don’t want to push her faster than she’s ready for since she’s only 4. I think if she was a year older, we’d be making progress through the lessons much quicker.
I do like how the lessons are laid out, and that the workbooks provide a systematic approach for learning to read. I know going through the lessons is going to be a good refresher for me as well!
If you have a child who is ready to learn to read, or a child who needs some extra help in that area, check out the Higgs Phonics system. It’s available for purchase on Amazon.com. And, if you have a Kindle, you can check out electronic versions of the books for free before deciding the purchase the physical books.