"Reading is the most important skill for success in school and society."
– Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats, Straight Talk About Reading
The First Step Toward an Education for a Lifetime
When we first began developing our programs, we knew that early reading was probably the most important skill we could focus on.
We asked one of the country's top reading researchers, "What program should we use that best teaches reading?"
Her response was: "None of them."
So, based on careful guidance, we made the decision to build it ourselves. Why go to such trouble? The primary reason gets to the heart of why we are different from other curriculum providers:
Learning to read well is incredibly important. Even math performance is tightly linked to reading performance. Therefore, we needed the best possible approach to reading to maximize students' abilities to learn in all other subjects.
That's why we created K12 PhonicsWorks.
The K12 PhonicsWorks program gives you the tools you need to prepare your child to become an independent reader—the first step towards an education for a lifetime.
K12 PhonicsWorks™ is based on the best reading research and years of firsthand experience. It is designed to help children:
- Recognize the relationship between sounds and letters
- Blend sounds represented by letters into words
- Read and spell longer, unfamiliar words by breaking them into syllables
- Read "sight words"—frequently used words such as "said" or "was," some of which do not follow the spelling patterns that have been taught.
K12 PhonicsWorks lessons incorporate multisensory instruction — lesson activities that allow children to look, listen, touch, move, and speak.
At the core of this multisensory instruction is the K12 PhonicsWorks tile kit, which contains letters and letter combinations that represent sounds. Children use the magnetized tiles to manipulate sounds and letters in fun activities that combine visual, auditory, tactile, and oral learning.
Using the Letter Tile Kit
The Tile Kit helps your child understand how speech is represented in print. For instance, consider how we use the tiles to build the word chin. When your child first builds the word chin, he or she will be guided to select three tiles:
The single sound /ch/ is represented by two letters, c and h. Because those two letters are printed on a single tile, your child gets both visual and tactile reinforcement of the simple but important concept that two letters can represent one sound.
Complete K12 PhonicsWorks Kit
- PhonicsWorks training video
- PhonicsWorks tile kit (Basic or Advanced)–letter tiles, color tiles, magnetic whiteboards
- PhonicsWorks Readers–"decodable" books of letter-sound patterns and sight words
- Teacher Guide–daily lesson plans and assessment answer keys
- Student Pages–practice pages, games, and assessments
The PhonicsWorks program is organized into two parts—Basic and Advanced—typically completed over the course of two grades. When combined with instruction in literature (such as K12's Language Arts program for Kindergarten and Grade 1), PhonicsWorks offers a comprehensive and balanced approach to help your child acquire the critical skills and knowledge required for reading and literacy.
Naturally, We Don't Stop with PhonicsWorks
Reading is fundamental throughout the K12 curriculum. Other highlights of our reading programs include:
- Vocabulary building with outstanding early learning programs such as Wordly Wise and Vocabulary Workshop
- The excitement of reading real literature: from fairy tales, folk tales, and great children's books in the early grades, to classic contemporary and traditional books—fiction, plays, poetry, and non-fiction—all carefully selected for appropriate grade-level interest.
- A reading-writing connection: students are encouraged to respond creatively to their reading, often by writing, and to make connections between literature and their own lives.
- In the middle grade years, the Vocabulary from Classical Roots program helps students appreciate the linguistic history of words while allowing them to more easily decode unfamiliar vocabulary and enhance reading proficiency.
- In high school, real-time, online class discussions, as well as message board exchanges, develop true communities of readers.
- K12 also utilizes best-in-class reading test preparation programs so that students can excel on standardized tests.
Our goal is to create motivated, capable, life-long readers who open their school books with a sense of happy anticipation, looking forward to the discoveries and pleasures that reading can bring.