Announcing our Summer School Program designed to help educators fill learning gaps. Phonics Shed is providing our Digital Core Curriculum FREE to all educators this summer. You will receive digital access to Chapters 2 & 3 from our Core Curriculum. The content provided in these chapters are the necessary foundational literacy skills that are needed for more advanced concepts. You will also receive training on key foundational literacy skills to incorporate into your teaching.
Joe is your guide in the Phonics Shed garden and will introduce you to all of our characters. Each character you meet will teach students a new reading sound, or grapheme. The comprehensive planning and overview documents are accompanied by digital books, digital flashcards, and all the supplementary resources needed to follow a flexible multi-sensory approach.
Phonics Shed Core builds phonemic and phonological awareness and provides strategies to decode words by teaching links between letters and the sounds they can represent; this is called Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondence. Even after the shift to decoding text occurs, intentional phonological awareness activities continue to weave throughout the lessons in all the chapters.
Phonics Shed begins the journey into fluent reading and writing by laying down a strong foundation of pre-reading and listening skills. Children are taught to explore, identify, and distinguish sounds, strengthening phonological awareness skills. The curriculum progresses to more structured (phonological) blending and segmenting strategies that are used to teach children to recognize and work with sounds in spoken language. Children are taught to blend sounds together to make words by using the 'Sound it, Squash it, Say it' technique. Reversley, they are taught to segment words into sounds by using the 'Say it, Stretch it, Sound it' method. Phonics Shed aligns with the existing Spelling Shed program to ensure a smooth transition between decoding and encoding.
Phonics Shed's fast-paced progression includes flexible planning that is easily adapted to a slower pace if needed, to support individual needs. There are additional targeted intervention lesson plans to help close the gaps and support struggling learners.
Phonics Shed also aims to foster a love of reading and writing through its strong, character-based, and original narratives and with engaging, multi-sensory activities. Joe is the first character the children will meet, and he is a key figure throughout the progression who acts as a guide from the very beginning, right through to the later chapters.
Throughout Chapters 2-4, there are 110 phoneme-grapheme correspondences (including upper and lowercase letters, double letters, digraphs/trigraphs, and more advanced phonemic patterns) covered in the progression, each having a unique character linked to it. Additionally, the characters have their own supporting stories, decodable readers, songs, and associated actions (physical movements) to aid with consolidation.
The 26 letters of the alphabet have upper and lowercase characters, each with an easy-to-follow letter formation rhyme to support the children's writing. The same characters are referenced throughout the curriculum and are known as 'special friends' to the digraph and trigraph characters. They appear on most of the digraph/trigraph flashcards, and often in their stories, to support consistent letter formation and to reinforce that they sometimes work together to help to represent certain sounds.