WHAT IS TIPS™?
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TINY IVY PHONICS SYSTEM
Simple. Easy. Reading.
An Origin Story
Once upon a time, monks from Europe went to Old England and tried to write down the language they heard being spoken by the people. Only one problem: there were only 24* letters but they needed at least 40 sounds. For the next seven hundred years, our spoken language would change and evolve, while our written one limped along in total confusion.
There is absolutely no question that English ranks by orders of magnitude worse than any of its peers in the lack of connection between what we write and what we say when we read it.
Yet for decades, when we ask ourselves the question “Why can only half of American kids read proficiently?” the answers we typically fall back on are well-worn, instead of seeing the bigger picture that English is itself the fundamental challenge with learning to read. Mastery of it takes tens of thousands of hours of extra effort over its peers.
The answer is simple: make reading itself easier. If you can do that then more kids (including yours) will be successful.