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What does it take to be at the top of the class? You need a curriculum that uses your child's strengths, lets him go at his own pace, and engages his interest.
Your child's strengths include his natural curiosity, his energy, and his quickness to learn. But sometimes what gets in the way of your child's learning is his distaste for being wrong. Rocket Phonics takes the essential steps in learning to read, simplifies the approach to lower the risk of being wrong, and imbeds reading in fun activities —games, jokes and stories.
Notice that in a recent study, 43 home-school students using Rocket Phonics gained in just three months an impressive 8.9 months in reading skill. This means if your 5-year old used Rocket Phonics for a year, he would be reading at nearly fourth grade level!
UCLA Professor James Catterall, who analyzed the study, found the Rocket Phonics students' reading improvement was nearly four times that of the study's other students, who used methods such as Hooked on Phonics* and The Phonics Game*. "No one who did more than one (Rocket Phonics) lesson failed to improve his or her skills." —Professor James Catterall, UCLA Graduate School of Education
(*Hooked on Phonics is a trademark of Gateway Learning. The Phonics Game is a trademark of ImaginEngine Direct Publishing.)
Why do children advance so quickly with Rocket Phonics?
Remember the success you initially had teaching your child to read three letter consonant-vowel-consonant words like hop and pat? Like hop and pat Rocket Phonics' strong phonics system is consistent, allowing your child to read what is in front of her.
We make sense of the inconsistencies in English, not by limiting the words your child reads, but by using helpers so she can sound the word out. This consistency builds confidence. Confidence is necessary for sounding out new words, which is essential for beginning readers to advance quickly.
It is even more essential for your bright child who hates to be wrong. Earlier we said children often start out early wanting to read, and read phonetic words well, but then often begin to dislike reading and try to avoid it, especially when you start to introduce rules and their exceptions. Your bright child is actually MORE likely than most to do this. (See box below for why this is so.)
Why bright children often struggle with reading
Moms often tell us, "My son will leave out a letter or letters when he reads a word," or "My daughter just guesses at the word." This is a common habit especially with bright, logical children, such as children who are really good at math.
Why? Because your bright child is used to understanding and learning quickly. So his brain wants to race along and know the words right away. Your bright child is most likely to get impatient at not knowing the words immediately. These children also tend to get frustrated easily and want to give up, because they are not used to facing any difficulty in learning anything-everything has always come easily to them.
So what do you do? On page 14 of your first Rocket Phonics reader you'll learn a simple tip that gives your bright child a new approach to reading that can be a tremendous breakthrough-and can be applied to any learning.
But we don’t stop there. We use fun games to increase the excitement. Your child’s pace picks up or slows down based on how excited he or she is. And we make it multi-sensory, to incorporate activities for children of all learning styles. (No one game will engage every child every day.)
If your child enters kindergarten already reading, he will be in the top 1% of students, and on his way to high achievement.
Keeping Your Child Engaged In Reading
Three things guarantee that your child will stay engaged in reading: quality content, fun activities and enough variety so that the games don’t become boring. Rocket Phonics uses classic children's stories quality content that has withstood the test of centuries and short science articles your child will enjoy both because they are not dumbed down to fit the needs of a weak phonics system.
Rocket Phonics uses jokes, and riddles to get them laughing as they read because laughter is a great motivator. And, of course, we use games to teach the foundational concepts and build your child’s reading speed. There are over two dozen games for your child to choose from. Games like Bingo and Whack the Sound to teach both phonemic awareness and a super strong phonics system. Simon Says and Treasure Hunts which teaches the child to see and understand what he is reading.
What does it take to be at the top of the class? You need a curriculum that uses your child’s strengths, lets him go at his own pace, and engages his interest. Rocket Phonics is that curriculum.
How Do I Use Rocket Phonics?
Simple! All you need to do is read the one-page Quick Start instructions.
The basic idea is just progress through our two big readers. The Teacher's Guide is right in the book; we recommend 3-5 lessons a week, no more than 15-45 minutes in length.
As you come to each new activity we tell you right in the book what to do and say. There's no prep time! Rocket Phonics is easy to use, and everything is included.
At the back of each of our big readers you'll find a helpful reference guide to when and how to use our free bonuses.
Your child will read rich, classic stories like Aesop's Fables stories with challenging vocabulary, while building advanced skills.
Rocket Phonics is flexible, so your very young children and children already reading can use it. Just pick up in your Rocket Phonics readers where they are ready to begin.
Our complete phonics instruction on the sounds and patterns of English begins with the first short vowel sound, so we recommend that even if your reader starts further along in the book, that you look at all the phonics instruction. You'll find an alphabetical index of phonics tips at the back of each volume.
With Rocket Phonics, once your child begins reading non-phonetic words, we show your child how the word is pronounced as he sees and reads the word. He reads the same material with helpers and without. As he reads, we teach him complete phonics instruction, the patterns in English. We basically immerse the child in reading. As he progresses, we gradually drop off the helpers, and very quickly, the children are independent readers. They are able to read far beyond what they traditionally could at their age.