Pictophonics is the best way to teach a child to read — because it teaches reading the way the brain likes to learn.
Unlike other methods, pictophonics can help children overcome reading struggles. It gets to the root of the way the brain wants to learn. It is visual, fun, and skills-based.
Pictophonics harnesses the brain’s natural visual strengths to make reading practice feel easy.
Each image represents a sound in the English language. For example, the Toad About to Explode represents the /t/ sound. Here is an example of three similar words with very different sounds in them (that should all follow the magic E rule but don’t!):
By using the characters, a new reader can easily decode the varying O sounds in each of these three common words.
The pictophonics images are irresistible to children and easy to learn. And by mixing book reading and games, you can easily keep your child engaged with the learning process by making it exciting and fun. Rote practice is the death of learning. No reading battles allowed!
Reading is a subconscious skill, like riding a bike – and that’s how we teach it. Pictophonics does not use unreliable phonics rules or sight words.
Instead, when children use trainertext to practice decoding, their subconscious memory system quickly maps the letter patterns and sounds in different words. After 2-3 months of short daily practice with trainertext, big changes fall into place.
Pictophonics has been proven over the past 10 years of helping struggling readers with the online Easyread intervention, in addition to an independent academic trial where strugglers gained an average of 2 years in reading age in under 6 months of lessons. Do you want to see the pictophonics difference for yourself for your struggling reader?
You can explore the free resources on this site, or test out Easyread for 10-free lessons specifically designed for strugglers age 6+.
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