Free Phonics Materials for Teachers, Tutors, and Families

Literacy is a civil right.

The research supporting phonics is too strong to ignore.

All families deserve access to high-quality phonics materials.

Why Open Source Phonics?

Many third, fourth, and older-grade students need more practice in order to master the phonics patterns needed to sound out new words and read and write fluently. Commercial programs designed for struggling readers are hundreds of pages long and expensive. Thus, they are not shared with all the teachers, students, and families who could use them.

Phonics practice with Open Source Phonics materials is
effective, fun, and hands-on.

Students learn phonics patterns, affixes, and spellings in a step-by-step way.
Oral sound play (which increases phonological awareness) and brainstorming (which increases phonological awareness and vocabulary) is fun. Students get multiple opportunities to read and write new patterns—no guessing involved.

This is where the rubber hits the road. Students “own” the patterns that they can write from dictation. In each lesson, adults read sentences aloud for students to write on white boards. Writing helps reading, as students “lock in” patterns; plus, students expand what they can write and spell with confidence.

Students do “triple reads” of longer decodable stories while adults cheer them on. With repeated readings, students increase fluency, speed, and stamina. Without the “curve balls” of patterns they cannot yet decode, students experience the thrill of fluent reading—where  reading aloud feels more like talking. This practice prepares students to read real texts in school.

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