Thursday, March 11, 2010
Phonics and More
Yes, STEPS does teach explicit phonics to teachers and students but that is only one of the three learning components. Keep stepping through the 25 STEPS and students will learn how to fluently blend the phonograms together. This skill is vital for decoding unfamiliar words in their reading. The flip side of that process is segmenting the phonograms to build words in the spelling process. Along the way STEPS expands students' vocabulary by teaching word derivatives. Even young students learn that new and more complex words are built from base words by adding prefixes and suffixes. The bonus for all your hard work becomes apparent when students are able to write legibly and expressively when they take pen to paper! Learn more about all three learning components STEPS in Action.