PHASE FOUR - Second grade and up
Phase Four is for children who are ready for the Nine Tales.
You are ready to move from Phase Three if your pupil can
1 -pronounce and spell the consonant digraphs (ch, sh, etc.). 2 - read, write, and spell the thirteen vowels (V-K and A-K). 3 - decode the color-coded words in the Color-Matching Games. 4 - spell as well as read three-letter words. 5 - tackle consonant-blend words.
The Nine Tales are
for second-to-fourth graders (and some first graders). 235 pages, double-spaced, in large type. time-tested and inexpensive--I've used them for forty years. classic stories (but not the usual old chestnuts), eventful enough for fostering comprehension.
A child who takes to reading easily may be an unlimited reader by now, but dyslexics and late bloomers still need to prepare the words for their stories. In the Nine Tales, the vocabulary is controlled (by number) and all the new words are accounted for.
The Nine Tales have fewer consonant-blend words than one finds in phonetic
reading books. As a result, they are a good way to become fluent with basic
vocabulary (much of it irregularly spelled) without drowning in a rapidly expanding vocabulary of linguistically difficult words.
You can prepare the words with tricky or irregular spellings and the two-syllable words with the following Color Code materials. 37 Color-Matching Games for the Nine Tales Two-Sided Cards with the same words
The Two-Sided Cards include all 333 words in the Color-Matching Games, and each card lists the number of the game that goes with its word. They are for pre-testing and also for making the transfer to black.
76 Sliding Card Pages, which have a spelling-with-clues format, are for the phonetic words in the stories. By now, some children no longer need these.
A placement test for the Sliding Card Pages comes with the Nine Tales. Each word is listed with the number of its Sliding Card Page.
With a new second grader who has not done the six trade books, no words will fall through the cracks because all the words in the Nine Tales will be on the placement tests, including those that were in the six trade books. For those who did the trade books, some words will be repeated--good for a review after summer vacation.
On a parallel track, your pupil can tackle words with consonant blends by using the SPELLING WITH CLUES exercises. For children who tangle the consonants in "blend" words, you will probably find that it's easier to sort out the letters with the visible clues in these spelling lessons (the auditory-to-visual route) than it is to decode them out of a book.