The PhonicsTutor method of instruction teaches students the common sounds for an extended set of Orton-Gillingham phonograms with spelling rules. Beginning with single-letter phonograms and single-syllable words and progressing to multi-letter phonograms and multi-syllable words, PhonicsTutor allows students to gain phonemic awareness without the frustration of memorizing a large set of phonograms and associated spelling rules before reading words and sentences. By grouping words together that have a common spelling pattern and similar pronunciation, students can easily understand which phonogram says which phoneme. The phonics lesson plans in PhonicsTutor include presentation and investigation of the words, word analysis, word pronunciation, and a spelling test. Most lessons end with dictation of sentences. PhonicsTutor is easy enough to use by a 4-year old with supervision and is self-teaching for children ages 6 and older.
With PhonicsTutor software teaching phonics, reading and spelling, the phonics lesson plans in PhonicsTutor books are designed to work with the software to teach
PhonicsTutor has a reputation of teaching students of all ages to read when other methods have failed. Special education teachers and dyslexia experts highly recommend it for dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
PhonicsTutor® is by far the best and most complete phonics, reading, and spelling curriculum for the computer that I have ever seen. Phonics Tutor is superior in that it combines all three of these essential subjects into one comprehensive program.
Dan Kihlstadius, Reviewer,
Practical Homeschooling #22
"Ironically, the method that research upholds as the most empirically validated is also the most demanding: phonics-based learning. Tedious for kids, exceedingly difficult for both amateurs and professionals, the phonics method has been a pedagogical stepchild: respected, but definitely disliked. Because of this status, it's a pleasure to see that an old favorite of Education Update, 4:20 Communication's PhonicsTutor has finally released a new addition to its well-received phonics-based reading software, PhonicsTutor Frequent Words edition." Mitchell Levine, Reviewer
Education Update, December 2003
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This is emphatically a five-star,
can’t-miss program. I envision smiles spreading all across
the country because of Dr. and Mrs. Hickerson’s amazing work!
I have used PhonicsTutor now with 3 of
my 6 children and I absolutely love it! It does a thorough
job of teaching phonics, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
skills as well as getting them off to a great start reading. With a
large family, I appreciate the self-teaching nature of the program.
I can work with another child while PhonicsTutor does an excellent
job teaching phonics to my early reader. I use a self-teaching
literary approach to homeschooling with a lot of classic literature,
so good reading skills are fundamental to the success of my
Thanks for a great program! Tiffani,
September 18, 2009
I am a Reading Specialist with an EdM in The
Psychology of Reading from Temple University in Philadelphia. It was
an exceptional program with exceptional teachers. However, the real
world of the Reading Clinician is a far cry from the graduate
school. Currently, I am an independent contractor doing tutoring in
all areas of literacy. Many of my students are socially and
emotionally disturbed and exhibit all of the concomitant behavior
problems that are the results of their frustration with their
diagnosed dyslexia. The plain black and white presentations (of
PhonicsTutor) allow a chronological senior to work on his or her
grade two level sans embarrassment. The explicit and analytical
lessons include all of the elements of research proven methodology.
I have several anecdotes that I could relate. The one that most
exemplifies the effectiveness of PhonicsTutor is of MK. His Gates
presented him to me as having scored a 1.9. MK is a seventh grader
with some severe cognitive issues, the most demanding of which is
his lack of short-term memory. I have worked with MK for six months
and he now reads on an early fourth grade level. I have had very
similar results with other students. I am equally impressed with
this program as a means by which I can provide help to other ECD
folks and to those who have become reading specialists along with
their Elementary Ed. training. PhonicsTutor packages a wonderful
diagnostic and palliative program that is easy to learn and produces
wonderful results when implemented properly. Paul,
"I can truly say we have tried them all. I can
truly say that my children would have been left behind if it had not
been for PhonicsTutor. This program has brought our two children
from reading on a second grade level to 7th and 8th grade levels in
six short months. This is something we did not achieve with all the
money we spent on other programs and special education teachers. The
stress is now gone thanks to PhonicsTutor. Our children now have the
strength, courage, and success to continue with a strong education.
They have mastered 'severe' learning disabilities." Roxanne
& Michael, Parents, Dallas, TX, April 7, 2003
"...PhonicsTutor is so intense on phonics that we use it as a
differential diagnosis of a reading disability. If a student
cannot gain in phonemic awareness through this program, they
never will. I would go so far as to say the program "retrains"
the brain. We are completely sold on the program. We have seen
nothing better in our 28 years in education..." Jack
O'Brien, Special Education Teacher,
Isanti Elementary School, Isanti, MN.
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