ReadingVIPs products are for beginning and struggling readers, ages 4 – 10. For beginning readers, our products can be used to teach all the sounds (phonemes) of the English language and the lowercase letters of the alphabet. Struggling readers learn vital phonemic awareness skills, phonics rules, and spelling patterns. Children with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences also benefit from ReadingVIPs products.
Phonics is an instructional method that teaches the relationships between letters and their corresponding sounds. The goal of phonics is to help children read, or “decode”, new words by applying these relationships. Phonics also helps children to know which letters to use when spelling words. Phonics is typically taught in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Children with dyslexia and other learning differences often benefit from frequent phonics instruction in third grade and beyond.
ReadingVIPs focuses on phonics because the research is clear: systematic phonics instruction benefits all children, and it most benefits children who have difficulty learning to read. Reading experts agree that phonics instruction is an essential part of a complete reading program for students. However, phonics can be overwhelming for parents and educators to teach, particularly if they have not been taught or trained using this method. It is also hard to find an effective, evidence-based phonics program that children enjoy. We create effective phonics products that are fun for kids and easy for everyone to use.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, manipulate and work with individual sounds (phonemes) within words. Phonemic awareness is one of the best predictors of how well children will read during the first two years of reading instruction. It is also the basis for learning phonics.
ReadingVIPs focuses on phonemic awareness because it is one of the critical components of a complete reading program. However, it is often overlooked by parents and educators because it does not involve letters or printed words. Beginning readers can build their phonemic awareness skills before they learn their letters, and can therefore begin the process of becoming a successful reader earlier in life. Struggling readers often have weak phonemic awareness skills, and they benefit from additional practice in this area.
No! You can use ReadingVIPs to supplement any other curriculum or program your child is using for Language Arts. Our products can also be used independently, to help strengthen your child’s phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling skills.
Phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is only part of a complete reading program for beginning and struggling readers. A complete reading program has the following components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension.