How Do I Use Rocket Phonics?
Simple! All you need to do is read the one-page Quick Start instructions on page 8.
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.
Can I Really Use Rocket Phonics with All My Kids?
Rocket Phonics is non-consumable, and your children as young as 3 or 4 can play the games. Your kids can play many of the activities together, and your older children can help lead lessons for the younger.
Your preschoolers can use the Play & Read Cards to play the Preschool/Big Movement activities you get via email as one of your bonuses. These are multi-sensory, imaginative activities that teach letters’ shapes and sounds.
Some kids as young as 3 are ready to read, but most can play at this level for a long time before they are ready. Check reading readiness by periodically trying one of the blending games or reading a word on our fun Thinking Skills pages, and see our Preschool Button for more information.
Your beginning readers ages 5-7 usually know at least some letters or are reading at various levels. The way to use Rocket Phonics for this age is to start with the Play & Read Cards, playing games so they learn all the sounds, and how our system spells each sound. For example, the th sound in thimble is shown as th, and the th in bathe is shown as th. Then when your child knows the sounds, just pick up in the Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 readers where your child is ready to begin.
Your older readers ages 8-up: If your older child is reading below 3rd grade level, he or she will benefit tremendously from Rocket Phonics. Depending on their skills and needs, they may start with the Big Movement activities to learn all the sounds and letters. Once they know the sounds, blending, and phonemic awareness, they can progress through Rocket Phonics, picking up in the two volumes where they are ready to begin. In our 28 weekly bonuses emailed to you, you will find extra helps and extra reading practice at each grade level from pre-K to 6th grade.
Older children might help their parent as assistant teachers, and lead their younger siblings in the games and activities while they learn complete phonics skills.
Our complete phonics instruction on the sounds and patterns of English begins with short vowel sounds, and we recommend, 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.
How Does Rocket Phonics Work With Different Learning Styles?
(For simplification we assume we all use 3 learning styles: auditory, kinesthetic(active) and visual, and that we each tend to prefer one as our dominant style.)
Is your child always moving, or always touching things? Traditionally, learning to read can be a big challenge for your active learners, but not with Rocket Phonics. Check out our active learner target page for information on using Rocket Phonics with your active child.
Your visual learners often learn to read most easily. Your visual learners will love Rocket Phonics because it’s an accelerated program that allows them to advance rapidly. They want to read like they can talk, and with Rocket Phonics, they can!
Seeing how the word is pronounced as he sees and reads the word appeals to your auditory learners. (These are the learners who really want every word to be spelled just like it sounds.) This is especially satisfying to auditory learners once your child begins reading non-phonetic words. Like active learners, your auditory child will also really enjoy our multi-sensory Super Spelling Strategy.
What's In the Rocket Phonics kit? And When Do I Use the Bonus Gifts?
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- Two big books of games, jokes, stories (1st – 6th grade) and complete phonics instruction
- Play & Read Cards—2 sets of 36 colorful cards with real pictures showing the sounds of English, plus all you need for a big variety of games to learn the sounds
- Folder containing:
Bingo Chips—50 chips to play the gamesTwo Treasure Hunts—with prizes! Each clue of two or three rhyming sentences leads to the next, and finally the prize. Easy for your beginning readers—each clue has helpers on one side, no helpers on the other. Your kids of all ages will want to play these again and again. So easy for you to use, too. Each clue tells you where to hide it. (These are so popular you get six more hunts in your bonus gifts!)
- Seven Common Word Lists of 100 words each to check your child’s progress
- Additional bingo sheets so kids can play together, or parent and child can play
- Rocket-shaped peeker your young child can be overwhelmed by words on a page, so he can look through the peeker's window to focus on one word at a time.
For an active learner or dyslexic reader, touching the peeker (or his finger to the page) helps the connection between the words on the page and your child’s brain, so he learns better. As he progresses, he can use the peeker to focus on each line
And Free Bonus Gifts: At the back of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 you’ll find a helpful reference guide showing when and how to use your free emailed bonuses. Listed below, these are worth over $100 in value!
- Preschool/Big Movement Activities like Whack the Sound and Letter Leap—multi-sensory, imaginative, big-movement games that make learning letter shapes and sounds a breeze.Word Find Gameand Phrase Find Game: These are treasure hunts with words! You put a bingo chip on a table, and give your child the word table to read, written with helpers and without. Off your child runs to find the chip. Progress to phrases like under the telephone. Perfect for beginning readers and active kids!
- 28 weekly bonuses: additional reading practice grades pre-K – 6, both fiction and non-fiction; Super Spelling Strategy; Beginning Writers Lessons perfect for grades K– 1; additional games, treasure hunts, jokes and riddles, and more.
Briefly, How Does Rocket Phonics Work?
Using games with our Play & Read Cards, we teach 36 sounds: short and long vowels, consonants, and digraphs. The line under two letters shows they make one sound, like sh or oo.
The same 36 sounds on our Play & Read Cards are introduced in our book. In the first section we also introduce blending games, and your child can begin reading the words right away. Our rocket-shaped peeker aids children in focusing on one word at a time. It’s especially helpful to kinesthetic learners, children with dyslexia, and more.
The very first activities we introduce for your kids are phonemic awareness games. Your kids can learn on the go with these simple, fun oral/auditory games you can play with all your kids anytime, anywhere. And phonemic awareness is the #1 skill connected to reading success!
We give your child lots of practice reading short, phonetic words. And we have fun thinking skill game pages on which your child reads simple phonetic words and looks at colorful pictures to spot how the words are depicted. It’s a fun, rich activity, and your child quickly progresses to reading short phonetic phrases. We include games finding rhyming pairs and “What Belongs” activities. Note that our clever activities prevent your child from just looking at the pictures and guessing at the words. Your children gain all the skills of successful readers.
Soon your child progresses to reading non-phonetic words with our unique Rocket Phonics helpers. The helpers are a big key why Rocket Phonics’ readers learn so quickly and so easily. You tell your child, “You have helpers in Rocket Phonics. When these 36 letters are printed in blue or under the letter, they always have the same sound.” No more guessing, no more questions, no more frustration. Consider the words table or one. These can be hard words for a beginning reader to read (From the beginning reader’s point of view, why wouldn’t the first part of table be tab, like in tablet?
Using traditional reading methods, how could he sound out one?)—but words like these aren’t hard with Rocket Phonics.
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.
With our thorough phonics instruction, your child learns about Greek and Latin roots, and accented and unaccented syllables, and how they affect words’ pronunciation!
We basically immerse your child in reading. As he progresses, we gradually drop off the helpers, and very quickly, your children are independent readers. They are able to read far beyond what they otherwise could at their age.
To play the Word-Find Game, you hide a bingo chip (included) on the table, then give your child a slip of paper with the word table on it. He can read the word with helpers, or without. He reads the word, then runs off to find the chip, and comes back for another. It’s his reading lesson, but he’s playing a fun game! He’ll want to play over and over. He’s incorporating all three learning styles at once—he sees the word (visual), hears the word (auditory) as he uses the helpers to say the word, and he runs to that object (kinesthetic), so his learning is maximized! He quickly connects the printed word to its meaning, since he runs to the couch when he reads couch—his learning is accelerated. It’s so much better than a drill of reading a list of words!
Your child goes from reading words to phrases: Next you can play the Phrase Game, in which your child reads phrases like behind the chair and under a telephone. It’s played like the Word Find, so he gets to run as he reads, and can read the words with or without helpers. At this stage, your child will have fun reading phrases in the thinking skills pages also.
Quickly he begins reading short sentences, starting with Simon Says. He gets to move and you both get to do silly actions, like, “Pretend to walk like a duck and quack.” Again his learning is accelerated because as he reads the words, he acts them out. Here he also reads jokes and riddles. Your kids can read you the joke they learned, and your job is just to laugh. Kids love them!
Soon we begin the transition to independent reading with our First Common Word List. This is the first of seven lists, each with 100 common words (from standard grade lists). From here on in the book, these words will no longer have helpers. These 700 words = over 75% of the words your child will use in all his reading. Your child has practiced and read these many times; they’re now learned words, stored in the child’s visual memory. Learned words help build fluency (this means reading at roughly the speed he talks).
Next your child begins reading engaging short stories, starting at first grade level. For many of the stories, we use Aesop’s Fables. He will be thrilled to read these rich, character-building stories that all ages enjoy. Here is the format for the story lessons: First, a phonics tip showing your child the patterns of English. Next, a story illustrating that tip. Your child reads the story with and without helpers. Some stories start with a glossary to introduce challenging words, so as your child reads he builds a great vocabulary. Each story includes comprehension questions and questions for discussion.
Depending on your child’s reading stamina, a lesson might go like this: “You have your helpers, so read this sentence (or paragraph, or story) on your own, and then read the same sentence (or paragraph, or story) without helpers. Then you come and read the story to me.” Notice it’s built in that your child will have repetition in reading, helping your child learn the words and reading skills more quickly. And your child can read on his own!
Our bonuses include additional stories at each grade level. As your child nears completing Rocket Phonics we provide important decoding helps: a reference showing all the sounds each letter makes; a tool to know all the sounds of vowels in words from Latin or Spanish roots; and helps using prefixes, suffixes and roots. In just two years, when your children complete Rocket Phonics, they will be reading at 5th grade level!
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