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Fun with Phonics!Early Phonetic Competencies

Gio Panizzon & James Hall

Overview for Todays SessionPhonics teaching methodologyWalkthrough & Activities for ABC AdventuresWorkshop ActivitiesWalkthrough for Sounds GreatWorkshop Activities for Sounds GreatQuestions and Answers with teachers


What is a Compass Workshop?Compass Teacher Training Workshops are designed by leading experts.

We want to have clear and useful exercises that you can USE in the classroom.

We will have a lot of fun and we want you to participate (We have some nice prices).


Who lives here?Todays Mission: Easy and effective solutions for teaching phonics!

Pre-K & KG Phonics

ABC Adventures

Compass Club

What is Phonics?


What is Phonics?Turning symbols (letters) into sounds.

Decoding groups of letters into words with meaning.


Key educational methodologies which you will see throughout the structure of each lesson:Analytic phonics (Implicit phonics)ScaffoldingTotal Physical Response (T.P.R.) Multiple Intelligences (M.I.)Informative Feedback

By understanding some of these basic methodologies, you will be able to more efficiently and enjoyably teach your studentsMethodology used within ABC Adventures


Analytic Phonics (Implicit Phonics)Analytical phonicsrefers to a teaching approach for reading, in which the phonemesassociated with particulargraphemesare not pronounced in isolation.

Analytic phonics uses a range of clues to read a text.

Children identify the commonphonemein a set of words in which each word contains the phoneme under study.

Students analyze the first letter and sound of each word to learn the assigned phonetic meaning. For example, teacher and students discuss how the following words are alike: pat, park, push and pen.


Analytic Phonics

ScaffoldingInstructional scaffolding is the specific concepts and strategies students can learn through clear and supported examples.

These supports may include the following:ResourcesA compelling taskGuidance on the development ofcognitiveandsocial skills

These supports are gradually removed as students develop autonomous learning strategies.




Total Physical Response (T.P.R.) The T.P.R. approach emphasizes the importance of listening for early language development and does not require spoken output in the early stages of learning.

The listening and responding (with actions) serves two purposes: To quickly recognize meaning in the language being learnedTo passively learn the structure of the language itself

T.P.R. is a valuable way to learn vocabulary and build fluency.

This approach to listening is calledcodebreaking, because students are decoding input and associating meaning between their native language(L1) and their L2.


Total Physical Response (T.P.R.)


Multiple Intelligences (M.I) M.I. states that each individual possesses a unique blend of all the intelligences.

The M.I. theory seeks to "empower learners," not restrict them to one modality of learning.

Abilities set to meet this criteria:Musical rhythmicVisual spatialVerbal linguisticLogical mathematicalBodily kinesthetic

This set of skills makes it possible for a person to solve problems in life.

M.I. aids in creating solutions for problems and knowledge gathering.


Multiple Intelligences (M.I.)


Informative Feedback Methods used to enable students to understand visually in ways that do not depend on language

Students can move through games at their own pace, and receive immediate, informative feedback on each interactions.

Students are motivated to solve problems

Figuring things out makes for their own reward

Students build a thirst for challenges and lifelong learning


Informative Feedback


Building a strong foundation in phonics is very important for learners.


Which tower has a better foundation?





Building a good-strong foundation for students is a NECESSARY, first step.

Just like adults, kids feel stress.

What could be more stressful than trying to do/learn something youre not prepared for?

Unlike adults, however, kids do not know how to manage stress.

Even if a child doesnt feel stressed, the lack of a good, strong foundation will disrupt their ability to properly learn.

Why Build a Strong Foundation?


Develop motor skillsLearn about shapes Learn about assigned meaning (with numbers)Apply knowledge about assigned meaning (to phonics) Apply knowledge about shapes (to write alphabet letters) Master the alphabetStartGoal

Order of Development


Other Alphabet/Phonics Books PedagogyDevelop motor skillsLearn about shapesLearn about assigned meaningApply knowledge about assigned meaningApply knowledge about shapes Master the alphabet


Compass Club ABC Adventures is an effective, exciting, fun three-book series for very young English language learners to learn and master the English alphabet and single letter phonics sounds.

Starter Book Learners develop the fundamental cognitive and motor skills necessary for learning the alphabet.

Books 1 and 2Students learn the alphabet by being introduced to four target words that start with the same letter, the name of the letter, its phonetic sound, and how to recognize, write, and say it.

Series at a Glance


Hybrid CD & Mobile App: Song & KaraokeStudents listen to a song with animated illustrations from the book.Students sing the song with their favorite character and a karaoke version of each song.


Guided Developmental Skills29

AShapeComplex shapeLetterBridged & Extended Development


Development: Cognitive Skills: Numbers(Symbols with an Assigned Meaning)Books 1 & 2(Phonetic Meaning)

Starter(Numerical Meaning)31

Development: Cognitive Skills: Numbers(Counting/Discrimination/Problem Solving)StarterBooks 1 & 2


Icon Key: Next to the directions for each activity are easy-to-understand icons for each set of directions.Since the students who will use this book do not have the ability to read yet, teach them what each icon means as you encounter them.This will help the students to know what kind of outcome they are trying to achieve and through what kind of competency (writing, speaking, etc.).


Simple and easy for learners to understand!Icon Key: 34

Classroom Instructional Adaptations35

Students learn the name, phonetic sound, and four target words for each letter with a fun chant. There are bright, colorful, and original illustrations that go along with each chant.Sound effects in the chant help provide a real-world context to easily teach the target words in an interesting way.At the bottom of the page is a sticker activity that solidifies the students knowledge of capital and lowercase letters.Walkthrough (Page 1 of 6 in a typical unit) 36

Extension Activity: Whisper BridgeObjective: Allow students to engage and improve their knowledge of vocabularyMaterials: One set of flashcards37

Students form a line at one end of the room.

The teacher stands in the middle and holds up a flashcard.

Individually, each student comes to the teacher and whispers the target word into the teachers ear.

If the student is correct they may cross the bridge, to the other side of the room.

If not they must go back and try again.Extension Activity: Whisper BridgeSteps to Follow:38

Benefits: An an excellent use of informative feedback where students will not only learn their target vocabulary and phonetic recognition, they will also learn the necessary strategies needed for vocabulary acquisition.Extension Activity: Whisper Bridge39

Students listen to audio recordings of the target words with sound effects.

They color pictures that show the word and match them to a different picture of the same word.Walkthrough (Page 2 of 6 in a typical unit) 40

Extension Activity: MemoryObjective: To have students recognize and say the target vocabularyMaterials: Flashcards41

Have students play with a friend or on a team

Place two (2) sets of flashcards flat on the desk

Students can turn over only two cards at a time and they must say the target word on the card.

If the cards match, the student or team can keep that pair.

If they dont match, the cards must be turned back over and the student/team is not awarded the cards.

The student or team with the most pairs at the end wins.Extension Activity: MemorySteps to Follow:42

Extension Activity: MemoryBenefits: Students will exercise their knowledge of vocabulary and speaking skills. 43

This page helps students accurately learn how different lines and shapes are used to make capital and lowercase letters.

Students first learn to see the way certain lines and shapes appear in different letters with a sticker activity.

Students then practice making the shapes by tracing them in a picture that gives them context and meaning.Walkthrough (Page 3 of 6 in a typical unit) 44

Extension Activity: Mime GameObjective: Puts the M.I. methodology into practice for developing target vocabulary and phonetic recognitionMaterials: Flashcards45

Extension Activity: Mime GameSteps to Follow: Have students sit on the floor