A Brie History o Funetics
Funetics reading program was designed to beused by persons who have had little or no ormaltraining as teachers. It got its start in 1968, whenGregory and Patricia Simms were trying to helptheir own children with their reading. Making thebest use o the games and activities they enjoyed,they ound that their children made rapid progress with the lessons they developed. Mr. and Mrs.Simms discovered that by making the processenjoyable or both their children and themselves,reading skills came with minimal strain and eort.And it worked. All o the Simms children went onto enjoy academic success, and they all graduatedrom our-year colleges.In its early years, the program (ormerly called theNew Approach Method, or NAM) was awardeda series o research grants rom the U.S. Oceo Child Development, the New Jersey StateDepartment o Education, and several privateparties. It was tested, evaluated, and urtherrened through use in a variety o situations.It was successully used by pre-school childrenin churches, amilies at daycare centers, andchildren and their parents in their homes. Teprogram was even eective with children who, or various reasons, were physically separated romtheir parents; the parents recorded the lessonsand sent them to their children, who could thencomplete the lessons on their own. Results wereoverwhelmingly avorable.
Program Contentsand Organization
Te program includes 81 lessons, each consistingo a prepared script to be read by an adult andseveral worksheets to be completed by the child. Te lessons are broken up into three categories: Teearly lessons introduce the child to the programand its main characters; the next set o lessons teachbasic pre-reading skills (shapes, beginning numberconcepts, colors, spatial relation concepts, etc.);nally, lessons 35 through 81 teach reading rom aphonics approach. A limited number o sight wordsare taught in order that the child can experience the joy o “reading” by the time he or she nishes therst ew lessons. Troughout these lessons, a ew basic householditems are needed to acilitate games and activities. What is needed or each lesson is listed on the covero each set o worksheets. Preparation instructionscome at the beginning o each script, in the LessonInstructions. Most o the items needed or theprogram can be ound around the home. However,there are a ew inexpensive items that may need tobe purchased beore beginning the program. Teollowing is a list o these items:Saety Scissors
One container o Play-Dough (any color)
Small box o crayons
White glue or paste
One non-toxic, non-permanent marker or
elt-tip penIt may also be helpul to get a special box or storageo all o the above items, to make it easier to ndthe items needed or each lesson. A shoe box canbe used – the child might enjoy decorating his orher special box with colored paper and markers.It is also helpul to have on hand a box o small
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