Laying a Strong Foundation for High Literacy Skills
- K - 6th grades
- Struggling readers of any age
- Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Description of the Phonics Drill Reader
The PDR uses the well-tested and proven high speed phonics word drill methodology. Its intensive phonics approach to reading helps students develop rapid word attack skills through mastering a combination of word lists, phrase practices, sentences, paragraphs, and stories.
Note: As an aid to teaching this PDR Student Edition more successfully, its INTRODUCTION includes a summary of the more detailed "PREPARING TO TEACH THE PDR" (pp. 136-146) information in Part II of the Christ-Centered Phonics Teacher's Guide to Reading (Part 200-TGR). As a result, this PDR could also be used as an advanced supplemental reader if you are teaching a different phonics program.
The PDR's PHONICS SECTIONS I-IV follow the introductory order of the Christ-Centered Phonics Flashcards 1-118: Master Set (Part 201-RV) which reflects the 44 elementary speech sounds used in American English, and their variations. In addition, the PDR scripturally presents these key Bible themes: Creation, The Fall, The Flood, The Law, and Grace. In PHONICS SECTION V (pp. 103-124), advanced word lists contain Prefixes and Suffixes. The reading pages are Scriptures (KJV) that present Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Note: The PDR also has a companion set of Mini-Drill Readers for younger students: Creation: God Made Me (Part 350), The Fall: God Loves Me (Part 352), and The Flood: God Saves Me (Part 356). The Christ-Centered Phonics Flashcards Drill CD (Part 201.5) teaches the correct pronunciations for the 118 flashcards. That CD is also helpful when practicing the PDR's PHONICS SECTIONS I-IV drill charts (pp. 1, 21, 47, 73, and 103).
The Value of the Phonics Word Drill Method:
Did you know that 100 of the most frequently used words and their variants are used in about 50 percent of all English writings? And, that 300 words and their variants make up 65 percent of the words a student is likely to encounter through junior high school? This PDR therefore has great value because it also contains about 90 percent of the 1,000 most frequently used English words.
Note: These well-researched word lists were partially based upon Drs. Elizabeth Sakiey and Edward Fry's 3000 Instant Words (Providence, RI: Jamestown Publishers, 1984). Used by permission.
By striving to read a set of 100 words per page within a given time period, a student learns to more rapidly apply phonics rules to sound out those words. With consistent practice, reading times decrease as the student transitions from the slower “sounding out” process to instant word recognition. When phonics rules are being applied so fast that he or she is unaware of even doing so, a sight reader is born. When that happens, the student will have graduated from the "learning to read" phase to the joys of "reading to learn."
The complete PDR covers the following skills:
- Initial consonant blends
- Short/long vowel words
- Consonant digraphs
- Adding suffix -s
- Giant blends
- Adding suffixes -es, -ed, -ing
- Vowel digraphs
- Modified vowels
- Consonant and vowel variants (rule breakers in English)
- Silent letters
- Common prefixes/suffixes.