Advanced phonics lessons? This video teaches all 72 phonograms, meaning the main sounds that we use for the 26 letters in the alphabet as we read in most of the common combinations that Orton systems use. This is great review for the children who know the phonics sounds and are learning the spelling rules.
Once students recognize the main combinations that we use in spelling, they have an easier time with both reading and writing. Use both worksheets below to review all these phonograms; BUT remember that this is a giant amount of work and is not for beginners. Be sure to review several phonograms each week and build to teaching all 72.
After they've been introduced to the phonics sounds, many students can view these videos with no supervision and with the confidence that they will have the right sound with the right letter. These are super helpful phonogram worksheets.
I think that it is super important that you, the teacher or parent, show your students how to say the sounds first so that they can see your face. One of the most important phonics lessons is the way that your mouth moves for the phonogram sounds. This way you can also see and hear that they are repeating the right sounds as they write them.
After this, the videos are super review, especially for advanced students. You can book mark this page on your phone for future practice.
If your students are older, they can learn from the video all the main sounds that the alphabet letters say. There is no need to use the beginner video. I've seen older students where this was all it took to bring the student's reading level up two grades and to improve spelling grades from an average of 45% to a lasting 85%. They did this in just a few months with just a few minutes practice five days a week.
There's nothing that helps a student excel at reading like having time to practice the phonograms. When a student is older, he does not need to review all the little steps once they've been taught.
Me? I've been super glad to have had this video for our youngest children to be able to practice making the sounds while writing the phonograms. This way, I do not have to worry that the right card shows with the right sound and letters.
Usually, simply learning the sounds with the rules raises reading levels within three to six months. Again, I've seen struggling students advance from averages of 40% in spelling to sustained averages of 85% all within one quarter. This is a God send in the later grades! Review is the key to facility and the video is super simple review.
We have found much better success using explicit instruction instead of implicit instruction. It simply helps to see the letters while hearing the sounds. No guessing.
Teaching reading well requires teaching phonics, especially over time. A bright student can learn the basic sounds and rules in two or three months and begin to read real words and improve by his own efforts.
Teaching Phonics is the keystone to fluent reading success and reading comprehension.
Oh how glad I am that our children have used Orton based phonics. Our quick students could read and spell super fast and our strugglers had a straight forward way to make sense of what we were teaching. The copywork is what benefited our slower children most as it helped them review what we had taught.
These videos give several sounds for most of the phonograms. This is because there are rules for the second and subsequent sounds. The first phonics sounds are the usual sounds and if your student does not know this you should point it out.
Simply knowing that there are rules for the other sounds isn't always enough, so it can be good to memorize the first sounds separately before moving to the second and third sounds, especially if you have a younger student or one who struggles with basic reading. See the first phonics sounds video here.
Even slower students who know the sounds along with the spelling rules learn that reading does make sense once they see how the rules with the sounds explain the sounds of the words. This is a giant help for spelling and writing. Many students are relieved to find that they don't have to have a photographic memory for all the words in the dictionary. I've heard one grateful child say, "I always wondered how you knew how to write so many words! I thought that I had to memorize the whole dictionary." I myself could feel her relief and joy!
If your student is just beginning to learn the Phonics sounds and is younger or needs more time, our basic Phonics activities is the place to start with the first sounds of the 26 letters of the alphabet. If you need to teach the names of the letters go to our Alphabet flash cards for another video with the alphabet names.
Flash cards and worksheets are best used with a parent or teacher helping the children to pronounce the sounds and to write the letters - especially at the beginning.
After you show children how to say the phonograms. the children can review the sounds with the video above or with our printable flash cards. These have the ruled lines just like the videos do, so your children can see how the letters sit on the lines. No guessing where the j, p, q, and other letters with descenders are placed.
Remember to review the same sounds on new material, to keep your students learning and growing. They do not have to master all the old material. They love advancing. If you want to focus on specific words using the different phonograms, you'll find our main printable Phonics worksheets with plenty of practice here.
An introduction to the phonics rules is here.
Buy the whole collection of our phonics or reading worksheets. This way you have easy access to helping your students excel in necessary reading skills and you will not need to be on the internet. Phonics practice at it's best!