- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118022440
- ISBN-13: 978-1118022443
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phonics Pathways Boosters!: Fun Games and Teaching Aids to Jump-Start Reading 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Phonics Pathway Boosters! is based on Dolores G. Hiskes's classic resource Phonics Pathways. This value-packed book offers a selection of lively teaching aids and fun-filled games that were created to enhance phonics and reading instruction for fans of Phonics Pathways and can also be used effectively with other reading programs.
Phonics Pathways Boosters! includes 46 double-sided flash cards that illustrate the sounds and spelling patterns of the English language. The engaging Speaking Pathways CD offers a 35-minute audio recording demonstrating the sounds of spoken English. In addition, the book contains three fun phonics games:
BlendIt! develops blending skills and reinforces knowledge of beginning spelling patterns
WordWorks reviews and reinforces knowledge of more advanced phonics reading skills
The Train Game features individual "train car" cards that kids put together to make longer multi-syllable words
These powerful phonics teaching tools can be used with beginning readers, English language learners, dyslexic students, or children with attention deficits.
Praise for Phonics Pathways Boosters!
"Anyone who uses Dolores's books will find Phonics Pathways Boosters! a great addition to help struggling students achieve. This book saved me a lot of time, money, and frustration in trying to create activities to advance student learning."
—Elizabeth Carr, literacy coordinator, New York
"Phonics Pathways Boosters provides teachers and homeschool parents a wonderful resource that will add rich phonics instruction while providing endless enjoyment. What a great way to make learning phonics fun!"
—Jennifer Wagaman, 321Learn.net
"In the past, I have had to create my own games for reading because so many of the ones on the market include too many sight words. I am happy to have some phonics-based games that are ready to go!"
—Jennifer Breedlove, homeschool mom and former elementary teacher
"I've been waiting for phonics flash cards to match Phonics Pathways for years! You will find them invaluable."
—Sandra Elam, Washington D.C. area director, The National Right to Read Foundation
About the Author
Using her materials, Dolores G. Hiskes has implemented a number of school and community tutoring programs, such as the highly touted YES Reading Center in Palo Alto, CA. She has tutored reading for over thirty years, and trained teachers from all over the world. She also has collected classic old reading and spelling texts from English-speaking countries worldwide, including New Zealand, Australia, The United Kingdom, and Canada, which she incorporates into her instruction. Well-published in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, she publishes a free on-line newsletter about teaching reading, called Phonics Talk (www.dorbooks.com). She has trained teachers in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as throughout the United States.
Top customer reviews
Each game only takes about 10 minutes, and can be played with just a few friends. The cards are made of heavy stock paper and are printed in shades of green and gray on white stock. Many of the cards have pictures on one side and words on the other. One set of cards includes sound-spelling patterns--the various ways to spell each particular sound are provided.
One reviewer stated that these are just flashcards that anyone could make. Hmmm...not quite: These are unique phonics games, invented by the creator. It is true that any teacher could create their own sound-spelling flashcards, but who has the time for that? Plus, the flashcards comprise only one part of the entire package of games and teaching aids.
Who said you cannot improve upon perfection? Boosters brings the lessons alive for a child who learns best visually or hands-on. The games strengthen & reinforce the lessons with little to no prep time for Mom or Dad. I literally spent hours trying to find & create games to make the lessons more interesting (whoever said phonics is fun never spent much time learning phonics lol). Now, my child looks forward to phonics every day and even plays with the games outside of our formal lessons.
The Sound-Spelling Flash Cards are superb! After only 3 short weeks, they helped my child get a firm grasp on several sounds that had been difficult to master. Best of all, they illustrate all the variations of each sound (such as 8 different ways to make the long "e" sound).
Boosters would compliment ANY phonics or reading curriculum. You do not need Phonics Pathways to use Boosters (although I highly recommend it for phonics and/or spelling).
Thank you Dolores, for "boosting" our lessons! ;)