We are pleased to release our latest addition to the Discover Intensive Phonics methodology: Decoding Strategies for Literacy Development.
Really, this manual is nothing new; it is simply a condensed version of the Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself (DIP) methodology. It has been designed for tutors, aides, parents, material for college courses, etc. Throughout the manual, there are also many helps and tips intended for use by teachers of ESOL students, but it can be used with any student.
The foundation concepts of the DIP methodology are covered; specifically, the 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five phonetic Skills, and two decoding skills. The Decoding Strategies for Literacy Development Kit includes one instructional manual, a set of wall posters, and a small set of Reverse Listening Cards.
The manual contains all of the skills taught in the larger Teacher’s Kit manuals. Instructional emphasis of this Decoding Strategies manual is focused in three areas: Kindergarten-third grade, fourth grade-adult, and ESL/ESOL, meaning it can be used with any age group. The sequence is the same as the Intermediate/Adult Teacher’s manuals, but there are suggestions for teachers of younger students contained throughout.
There are four supplements that augment the learning process for all students. The General Supplement has helps for teachers that can be used with any age or ability level. It contains letter-formation guides, games and activities, a glossary of terms, and Word Banks of practice words by skill. The Intermediate/Adult Supplement contains a correlation to the skills taught in the Reading Horizons software. The Elementary Supplement has materials that are specific to younger students. It contains time frames; D/D reversal tips; modifications to the content and sequence for younger students; specific Word Banks for younger students; and correlations to Kindergarten and First Grade and Above Reverse Listening Cards and the Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself software. The final supplement is the ESOL Supplement, which contains many helpful tools for teachers of ESOL students, including pronunciation guides for the 42 Sounds taught in the course, correlation to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and Minimal Pairs activities.