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The International
Of Foundational Phonics

Founded and established by Bill and Janae Cooksey

We want to teach the world to read!


In Step One we present the Alphabet by name and sound. We also discern the separation of vowels and consonants. We teach people to teach others. Every student in our course must have a supervisor who understands the curriculum content and who is willing to sacrifice the necessary time.

As the teacher or supervisor, we teach you to help your student to hear the Alphabetic location of each letter in a familiar or unfamiliar word. Your student will learn to detect whether the letter is at the beginning, middle, or end of a word just by hearing it's sound!

The student will learn to form words and short sentences with the use of hands-on manipulatives by dictation.

There will be stories and dramatizations plus many game activities which provide entertaining qualities, as well as directness to learning with repetition and drill. Original songs set to traditional children's melodies will create for you and your student a fun atmosphere of learning that will entertain parents and grandparents alike.

Good suggestions and "How to" exercises make these classes a must for all who are interested in the early beginning of their children's scholastic upbringing or in the challenge of attacking English as a second language. These classes are beneficial for others who want a stronger foundation in their reading skills and they are a superior choice for those who home school their young. As you will discover, STEP ONE lays the first solid foundation of a lifetime of reading knowledge.

The STEP TWO classes will have much review for the visual and sound recognition of Alphabetic combinations. It is necessary that the content of STEP ONE be mastered before beginning the study of STEP TWO. This means that a student commencing the study of the second Step should know the Alphabet by name and sound, recognize vowels and consonants in their classification and be able to spell three letter words by hearing the location of the letters, whether they be sounded in the beginning, middle or the end of the word.

In Step Two we will present visual and sound recognition. A partial list includes the following:

  • Digraphs (sh ch tch th wh gh gn kn ph ck)
  • Blends (br cr dr fr gr tr str sn sp st sw sm tw bl cl fl gl pl sl)
  • Vowel combinations (ee ea ai ay oa)
  • Vowel Diphthongs (aw ew ow ou oi oy)
  • R Controlled Vowels (ar er ir or ur ire are air ore ure)
  • Ending Parts Of Words (ss ll and alk amp ind ight ice ire our out ing)
  • Y As A Consonant And Vowel
  • The Long And Short Sound Of Oo
  • S When It Sounds Like Z
  • Hard And Soft C And G

Diacritical markings will be presented in these classes for all phonetic words that we teach. Your student will be given rules to learn. He or she will be asked to practice the application of these rules with their markings. Your student also will learn to exercise the ability to take written dictation of words, sentences or paragraphs.

He or she will learn to pronounce words already coded with diacritical markings. Reading, writing, and spelling skills will increase as the student is taught, reinforced, and reviewed with drill.

There are stories and dramatizations in the written format. Many novel and innovative game activities are also introduced, while original songs set to traditional children's melodies add spice to this creative approach to learning.

The classes will be complete and much more than you could expect for preparing any student for a future of reading. However, in order for the classes to be productive you must be prepared to give yourself and your time to the student of your choice.

Step Three carries the student further into intensive study. This advanced course reinforces everything in STEP ONE and STEP TWO. This third level increases with additional diacritical markings, tricks to spelling memorization, grammar, rules, sentence structure, syllables, accents and inflections.

When this level is mastered, the student will find that reading is easier, spelling will be more accurate, and language writing skills will become more proficient.

Step Three classes are given to students only after they have successfully completed the STEP ONE and STEP TWO programs of study and after they have proven their proficiency through a number of tests.