120 lessons start with introducing letters and letter sounds. Then students read and write words like “cat” and “fib.” Students learn more sophisticated phonics, affixes, and spellings, in a step-by-step way. By the end, they are reading and writing words like “communication” and “chrysanthemum.”

Many students might work with a tutor for two years or longer practicing these steps­­–but at the end of this practice, they will be ready to read the language in middle school and high school texts. So, don’t rush, enjoy the ride. These readers and writers are getting to where they need to go.

Tips for tutors are embedded in the lessons, but here are a few tips for getting started.