Phonetic Reading Instruction

Learn to read using time proven Phonetic methods.
Learn to TEACH others to read.

In Puritan New England in the 1500's there was a law that required the master of a
home to teach his children and servants to read under penalty of fines.  There
were 'reading police' that went house to house and enforced the law.

Abraham Lincoln's mother taught her children to read while living in the wilds of
Illinois in a primitive log cabin.

In 1851 Americans were one of the most literate populations on earth.  This was in
a culture that relied primarily on one room school houses and the McGuffey's
Eclectic Readers for reading instruction.   Many individuals did not receive much
more than an elementary education.

Using the McGuffey's readers And the back half of a book titled Why Johnny Can't
Read and what you can do about it.  I have found that by adding 10 phonetic rules
and a series of instructional drills to the contents and methods included in the
books mentioned above it is quite easy to teach children and adults to read.  The
teaching techniques follow the concepts of TLC and generate a very high success

By the way...  The McGuffey's readers would not be allowed in public school today
simply due to the repeated references to God.

See the links at the bottom of the page for more information on McGuffeys and
Why Johnny Can't Read.

Some interesting facts about English and Phonics

How many words are there in our language?
The statistics of English are astonishing. Of all the world's languages (which now
number some 2,700), it is arguably the richest in vocabulary. The compendious
Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words; and a further half-million
technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued. According to traditional
estimates, neighboring German has a vocabulary of about 185,000 and French
fewer than 100,000, including such Franglais as le snacque-barre and le

Phonics... the numbers.
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet
There are
44 sounds in the English Language  
While there are many phonetic rules knowing
10 of the basic phonetic rules covers
about 70% to 80% of the nearly one million words in the language.

2 Free downloads:
To download the PDF reader go to Product page / Free downloads

Whole Word vs. Intensive Phonics
Using Dick and Jane, or a similar whole word method of language instruction,
children memorize words with out learning about the connection between the letters
they are spelled with and the sounds those letters represent.  

When children start school they have a speaking and listening vocabulary in
excess of 10,000 words.  In school they are taught to  memorize between 200 and
500 words a year from first to fifth grade.  This means they have acquired a
reading vocabulary of between 1000 and 2500 words.

One half year spent in first grade teaching an intensive phonics program gives the
child access to 3/4 of the one million words of the language.

Programs that mix a little phonics with whole word are no wheres nearly as effective
as the Intensive Phonics approach.

Examine the links below for much more information

McGuffey's readers

McGuffeys readers information (and other great textbooks)

Amazon has a beautiful boxed edition of the 7 book McGuffey's set

Rudolph Flesch why Johnny Can't Read

An article on Phonics and Rudolf Flesch's book "Why Johnny Can't Read"   

Another site speaking of Rudolf Flesch and American Education

First 85 pages on line of Why Johnny Can't Read


Phonetic and Spelling Rules

Phonics vs Whole word video "The Crime of the Century"

Don Potter's huge page of links on the subject - website of free phonics games, worksheets, and much more