Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Higgs Phonics

I am a huge advocate of reading and as a mother of 4 children, I have learned just how important it is for our children to have strong reading skills as early as possible.  We recently had the chance to review the Higgs Phonics program and I cannot say enough good things about it!  Our older children are going into the 2nd, 4th and 5th grades and while all of them are already great readers, this program really promotes mastery so even they benefited from the books and I saw a remarkable difference, especially in my youngest child.  

Higgs Phonics includes a three-volume series that employs key phonetic rules to develop unique decoding skills to build solid English reading and language ability for learners of all ages.  Authored by educator R.L. Higgs, students are given the tools they need to read English in 40 hours or less!  These books are packed full of valuable exercises that focus on repetition so learners are able to more quickly grasp the key ideas.  

In Volume 1, learners are introduced to the alphabet, letters, vowels and consonants.  With over 300 fun exercises and activities, your learner will be engaged from the beginning. From there it goes into blends and diphthongs and then concludes with decoding of more complex words and gives all the tricks you need to gain mastery.  This includes lessons on the dictionary, parts of speech and even punctuation! Our school aged children already know the alphabet quite well but this has been an invaluable tool for us for our 2nd grader.  Since he is a beginner reader, there are so many great exercises in this program that will really help him excel, even before the start of the new school year.  I want him to not only be able to read but I want him to be able to comprehend and retain the information he is reading and I think this will be a huge help to him!  Our 4th and 5th graders who are 9 and 10 are enjoying volume 3 so much that they actually ask if they can do the exercises when we have downtime. That is unheard of in the summer time! I love that they are excited about all of the new things they are learning and I know it's going to give them a great head start for the new school year!! 

Higgs Phonics is available in print or in e-book form online at! 

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