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TIPS™- TinyIvy Phonics System Overview

The TinyIvy Phonics System (“TIPS™”) introduces an expanded orthography that allows English to be read easily, from left to right, without error and without exception.

TIPS™ has the potential to reshape the study of the English language as we know it. Accents and errors of pronunciation can be dramatically reduced, improving the speed of learning to read and obtain reading fluency. It also will enhance the speed and efficacy for ESL students to obtain proficiency. Children introduced to TIPS™ can experience a joy of reading, leading to learning, that is impossible with our traditional alphabet system.[/cloux_content_box]

The TinyIvy Phonics System (TIPS™)

The TinyIvy Phonics System, or TIPS™, was developed to teach young kids the fundamental skills they need to grow into amazing readers, with no tears or frustration, in just minutes a day.

It is hard to explain to a child that the ‘C’ in OCEAN sounds like “SH”, in RACE like an “S”, in CELLO a “CH”, but is silent in YACHT, and a good old “C” in COOK. But not CHEF, that’s “SH” again! English is horribly broken. These words, and thousands upon thousands of others, need to be memorized. Or at least that’s the way it used to be.

With our reading TIPS™, every sound, or phoneme, is assigned a unique character. Many include TIPS™,  small diacritics (accent marks, umlauts, cedillas, etc.), but each character has only one pronunciation so that children know exactly how to pronounce that letter in a given word. After learning just a few dozen TIPS™, children can sound out virtually any word written in the system, all by themselves. No confusion and no guesswork.

Every TIPS™ letter is assigned into a Reading Level, according to the frequency of its use in English, as determined by a mathematical algorithm. This allows students to read meaningful text after learning just a handful of TIPS™ Letters and their sounds. We know for sure that the content we deliver to your child is something they can read. We reinforce their sense of accomplishment, leading to a joy of reading and learning, and a lifetime of success.

The Key Components of TIPS™

TIPS™ Letters:

TIPS™ Letters include a unique character for every pronunciation a letter needs in the words in which it is used.

TIPS™ Reading Levels

TIPS Letters are organized into Reading Levels, based on the frequency the sound occurs in children’s literature, the dictionary, early language word lists, and power word lists.

TIPS™ Word Libraries

As the children master each successive level of TIPS™, additional words become decodable by the student. Click HERE to go to the TIPS™ Practice Word Lists page. You will find useful examples at each level which will help reinforce the TIPS™ that have been learned by the student.

Despite our improved understanding of the young mind and how it learns to read, there has been little if any progress in closing the broad literacy gaps which plague our country on both economic and ethnic dimensions. These gaps emerge early and persist for a lifetime. Remediation is extremely rare on an individual level. When it does occur, too often success is tied to programs, tools, technology and individualized instruction that have proven too expensive to be applied at scale to address the underlying societal challenge. The challenge of improving literacy in America’s youth remains fundamental and unsolved.

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