Advanced Code Phonics Workbook
The phonics program I created and used successfully with nearly 200 of my clients at OnTrack Reading can now be used by any parent or reading instructor to teach advanced phonics and spelling to struggling readers of all ages, including adults.
Thoughts from the Author: I'm often asked how thorough my Advanced Code Phonics Workbook is, and how it compares to other phonics programs. My short, sincere, answer is that I have grandchildren currently under reading age, and if they each know the information in the workbook by the time they are about eight years old, I will be completely comfortable that they know all the phonics they will need, and furthermore, that they will each understand English phonics better than most adults.
The entire program consists of the Ontrack Reading Advanced Code Workbook available at the on-demand publisher Lulu.com, plus the separate OnTrack Reading Workbook Instructions that can be ordered from Lulu.com in book form or downloaded free as a PDF using the link below.
The price of the phonics workbook is $22.50 plus shipping. Please also note that though the publisher, Lulu.com, will replace damaged books, there are no returns, refunds, or cancelations allowed on purchases. This is because your workbook will be printed only after you place your order.
Incidentally, a good way to assess what you are getting into before ordering the workbook is to download the workbook instructions here and then view some sample pages of the workbook itself at the publisher's site, Lulu.com.
View the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Workbook at Lulu.com. When you get there, click "Preview" below the book cover illustration. (Note: Lulu.com is a slow-loading site, so some patience is required.)
If a parent follows the instructions provided and is well-organized when starting each lesson, one hour per day for six to eight weeks (30-40 hours) should be sufficient to finish the workbook. This includes practice time. Additional time should be spent reading the suggested children's literature.
Notice: The OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Workbook is a complete advanced code phonics program, but it requires adult guidance to implement. You will need to read and follow the thorough, clearly-written, instructions for implementing the program. It is not a workbook that a child can use independently to practice phonics, but instead is an effective, and inexpensive, means by which to teach a child advanced code phonics in a short period of time. All that is required is the workbook and the instructions. (The instructions can be downloaded free here.)
An Untested Suggestion: As I've said repeatedly, English phonics instruction is a mess due to the complex nature of the language. Many of you reading this are probably parents who are not sure just how to teach phonics to your own children and might even be somewhat confused when overseeing the use of the workbook, so here's the suggestion:
Purchase a workbook, download the free instructions, and sit at the kitchen table in plain view of your children for several nights while going through the workbook yourself. Doing this will accomplish two important things: First, you'll become much more comfortable with both the phonics code and with the approach taken in the workbook. Second, if your children are like most children, they will be drawn toward wanting to participate. That is, they'll seek to copy your behavior, just as they want to learn to help bake a batch of cookies, or help Dad in the garage. After you've progressed far enough in the workbook yourself to feel comfortable with the process, start your children through the program using your workbook or one of their own.
Granted, the advantage of this suggestion to me is that it might sell more workbooks, and as I said, this is an untested approach, but it could work exceptionally well. If anyone does try it, I'd appreciate hearing how it works out for you.
The OnTrack Reading Phonics Program is not a Basic Code program. That is, it should not be used to teach a child the first steps of reading, including the sounds associated with letters like t, b, s, z, etc., nor should it be used to introduce a child to blending simple sounds and recognizing the resultant words. For that purpose, I recommend the book Reading Reflex, because it's generally consistent with the approach taken in the workbook, so the eventual transition to the workbook will be trouble free.
Essentially though, if your child can decode words like cat, hill, stop, hand and trip with reasonable consistency, then he should be ready to learn the Advanced Code covered in the workbook.
A Cautionary Note
If your child has already failed to learn to read well using one or more different phonics programs, then I highly recommend that you read Understanding the Dyslexia Puzzle here on my site, paying particular attention to the vision information you'll find there. It's entirely possible that your next step should be a visit to a developmental optometrist in your area, instead of simply purchasing another phonics program and hoping it will be successful. You might also find the information on nutritional deficiencies useful.
In other words, it's quite possible that your child has vision issues that should be addressed first, after which many good phonics programs are likely to work including ones you might already have tried.
The next page, Phonics Workbook Expectations, describes the areas in which you should see improvement by using the OnTrack Reading Phonics Program.