Existing Phonics Programs Fail to Deliver

Phonics Programs Fail to Deliver

How many of the top phonics programs really get kids ready to read? ZERO. That’s right, zero. None. Nada. Not yet at least. Existing phonics programs quite simply fail to deliver the systematic education needed to build the foundation of reading skills.

This isn’t our view. These were the findings of EdReports, a company dedicated to independent validation of educational products. Their review is devastating: not a single program “meets expectations”, not in even a single category of their review.

Reviews Came Up Short. Real Short.

EdReports is a nonprofit that reviews curriculum materials against the current common core standards. Recently, they reviewed five supplemental programs designed to help children read and only three even partially met any of their standards. This new set of standards was specifically focused on children in kindergarten to second grade.

“None of these programs in and of themselves would be sufficient to get all of the foundational skills for kids.”
Eric Hirsch, Executive Director of EdReports

Of the five systems reviewed, not a single product met expectations in even a single category reviewed.

EdReports plans to continue reviewing more programs like this in order to assess their ability to develop fundamental reading ability in children. We can’t wait to get our system ready for review on this list.

Why Failing on Phonics Matters

A child’s ability to read is a simple combination of two factors, their language comprehension and their ability to decode the words printed on the page. Phonics is a powerful tool in a student’s tool belt, allowing the child to sound out words they don’t know by sight.

In the past few years, significant advances in research are proving the importance of teaching phonics in literacy education. Yet remarkably, none of the products have been able to deliver on that need.

Why We Will Do Better

While it is tragic that existing phonics programs fail to deliver the necessary training, the problem is even deeper than that. Phonics “as is”, is simply not enough.

TinyIvy has redesigned reading into something easy, so easy a child can do it. By teaching the most common sounds we use in English, and giving kids visual TIPS so that they know exactly what to say when they see a word, reading is transformed from a laborious guessing game into a simple, linear, progression from zero to literacy.

In the first five levels of our system, we teach just 30 sounds, and the TIPS™ letters that make them. With that knowledge,  your child can read 30,000 words. It’s that simple. The method for teaching a child to read hasn’t really changed for thousands of years: take one child and read to them one-on-one for 2,000 hours. This is why about 1 in 4 children (and adults) in America can’t read at a basic level of proficiency.

What if we could cut that down to 10 hours of instruction? What if those 10 hours taught skills and knowledge so that a child could then practice on their own, almost immediately? We could change the world. And that’s exactly what we are setting out to do.

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