Systematic Phonics Confusion

There is just too much confusion in the educational community concerning the teaching of phonics. Many studies have been made over the last 40 years which prove that early systematic training in phonics puts children on the right track to success in reading, One would think that fortified with this information, parents, school board members, taxpayers, lawmakers, school administrators, teachers, … Read More

A Clear Vowel Sound

Many phonics books and dictionaries define an accented syllable as one which receives emphasis or is spoken louder etc., etc. None of them mention that the accented syllable is always the one in which we hear a clear vowel sound. Of course, since the teaching of vowel sounds is somewhat neglected in our schools, students are not adept at the … Read More

Long and Short Vowels

I suppose that some of you have noticed that I have not referred to any vowel sound as “long” or “short”. Those words are not used in RSvP™ Step by Step. I have found in my experience that students don’t get it. When I ask a student what he/she knows about vowels, invariably they will say “They are long and … Read More

The Most Used Vowel Sound in the English Language

Some time ago the final clue posed to contestants on the game show Jeopardy was “This is the most used vowel sound in the English language.” None of the three contestants came up with the answer . These were very bright people. They may all have been products of our public school system. Yet they didn’t know the answer to … Read More

RSvP™ only 7 diacritical marks

RSvP™ Step by Step uses only 7 diacritical marks for the 18 sounds students must learn in the program. Remember, students are learning only what is regular in the language. Past studies have determined that as many as 85% of English words are regular. That is, the spelling patterns of the words translate into the sounds they are expected to … Read More

A Secret Weapon for Analyzing Unknown Words

RSvP™ Step by Step students have a secret weapon they learn to use in analyzing unknown words. What is that secret weapon? It’s using diacritical marks on the 18 common and regular vowel sounds they learn in the program. Most teachers respond with disdain when I mention the words diacritical marks. But I remind them that every good dictionary uses … Read More

Reading is not a guessing game

In RSvP™  Step by Step students learn that the vowel Aa has 4 different sounds in 10 different spelling patterns , and they learn all of these common and regular sounds, the key word for each sound, and the most common and regular patterns in the Aa Family before moving on to the Ee Family, the Ii Family, and so … Read More

The Reason for RSvP™ Step by Step’s Success – Family of Sounds

The sequence that I use to teach vowel sounds introduces each vowel in a “family” of sounds. Thus, the student learns all the common and regular vowel sounds and spelling patterns of Aa before moving on to Ee, Ii, Oo, and Uu. Learning the vowel sounds in this way makes it easy for students to familiarize themselves with the sounds … Read More