Reading Pathways Exercises to Improve Rdg Flu

Reading Pathways Exercises to Improve Rdg Flu

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Item #: 005841
ISBN: 9780787992897
Grades: PK-6

Product Description:

Time for your "eyerobic" exercises! This phonics supplement from the author of Phonics Pathways is designed to strengthen eye tracking skills, a necessary component of fluent reading. Exercises are one of two types. The first type helps students sound out words one letter at a time, as successive letters are added. The name of the book comes from the second type of exercise, which is contained in a pyramid shape. At the top of the pyramid is one word. The next line contains the word in the first line, then adds another word. This pattern continues down the pyramid, with each line adding one or more words. The idea is to show that letters build into syllables, syllables build into words, words build into phrases, and phrases build into sentences. Students need to know their letters, consonant sounds, and short-vowel sounds to begin using the book. By the end of the book, students are reading multi-syllable, long-vowel words in sentences up to 20 words long.

Category Description for Phonics Pathways:

Subtitled “Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling,” this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka “pure” phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the “legwork” for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multi-sensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author’s approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, “How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable.” Indeed, the book progresses from “a” to “A strong foundation to a house is indispensable” with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of “a” and “g” are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

Category Description for Other Programs:

Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.

Category Description for PHONICS PROGRAMS:

Category Description for PHONICS:

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Perfect; Spiral; Trade Paper
5th, Revised, Illustrated
Series Title
Jossey-Bass Teacher Ser.
General Adult
Dolores G. Hiskes
Softcover Book
Brand Name
1.05 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.38"
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Hoping this will be a good review for my D Daughter
User on Jun 30, 2023
a friend had a copy and I got to look at it and try it out
michele b on Aug 16, 2016
Hoping this will be a good review for my D Daughter
User on Jun 30, 2023
I like this one, I have a dyslexic child
Santino S on Aug 18, 2017
a friend had a copy and I got to look at it and try it out
michele b on Aug 16, 2016
I like this one, I have a dyslexic child
Santino S on Aug 18, 2017
Does this book replace the old "Pyramid" book by Mrs. Hiskes? In Phonics Pathways, she refers to purchasing Pyramid for extra reading practice with her pyramid method. The description of this product indicates that this has replaced the other book (which is available on amazon only in the used section). Thank you so much!
A shopper on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this book replaces the old "Pyramid" book and is, in fact, almost identical to that older book referenced in the Phonics Pathways manual.
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I really like how this book helps with teaching reading. I've been homeschooling for 10 years and went through the process of teaching reading twice already. I decided to do something different this time and got this book. It's been a hit. It's easy to use, fun and it works. I'm definitely happy with it and my son is too.
December 2, 2015
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I love this product! I teach my son who has Down Syndrome and although he reads fairly well he tends to skip over words I bought this book a couple months ago and now we start each reading lesson with a section from this book It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete each daily Pathways lesson and that just seems to start his reading off the right way He's definitely skipping less words and paying better attention to his reading This is a great warm up to reading and because my son is a sight reader this also gives him a good phonics exposure After we finish this book I plan on trying Phonics Pathways as well
June 4, 2013

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