WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
Our classes were originally designed to instruct you how to teach your young child before he or she enters the first grade. However, our curriculum is also designed to teach the basics to a person who does not speak the English language. In this case it is for a beginning student of any age although a qualified supervisor is needed to teach the lessons. An older child who has extreme difficulty pronouncing words in reading or who sees words not as they are presented may benefit from our course as will an older child in special education. Every student must be willing to begin with ABC in order to solidify the foundation on which to build the knowledge of phonics. The entire curriculum is divided into three parts which we call Step One, Step Two and Step Three.
The first Step takes twelve weeks to complete when the suggested time schedule is followed each day. There are sixty daily lessons no longer than two hours each which may be divided up into shorter daily lessons. Dividing up the lessons will extend the length of time needed to complete Step One which is an acceptable option.
The second Step takes one month to complete when the suggested time schedule is followed each day. There are four lessons in each week's plans and two hours are needed daily for each lesson. The lesson plans are packed full! The lessons for Step Two may also be divided into smaller segments of time but that acceptable option will also extend the time of completion for Step Two. Step Two teaches Digraphs, Blends, Vowel Combinations, Murmor Diphthongs, and a whole lot more. No one will receive free enrollment into Step Two until Step One has been completed according to our standards, guidelines and satisfaction. You will always know what we expect. Everything is clearly stated.
The third Step, both a teaching manual and a reference guide, is our advanced course which becomes a lifetime reference resource of information for the student who is able to apply what he or she has learned. In Step Three we teach our original set of diacritical markings which are based on our own phonetic auditory recognition identification system and much more. No one will receive free enrollment into Step Three until Step Two has been completed according to our standards, guidelines and satisfaction. The time needed to complete Step Three will be suggested after a free weekend seminar and student evaluation in Las Vegas, NV or after the supervisor has viewed a video tape of our Step Three course outline.
HOW IS THIS PROGRAM TAUGHT?
In Step One we teach each alphabet letter by name and sound through repetition, drill, games, fun activities, songs and many creative exercises. Our course is both entertaining and scholastic. Our students learn to put together three letter words and syllables by sounding out the letters. They take dictation and do reading exercises. We have many tests that are given and the final examination instructs you to help the student put together a cassette tape in his or her voice. We request this recording of an "open book" test to be sent to us via snail mail. The recording is for a review and evaluation of the student's progress in Step One. Our findings will determine the student's acceptance into Step Two of Foundational Phonics.