Phonics First Curriculum Guide

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Phonics First Curriculum Guide

Phonics First® reading system, developed by Brainspring (an IMSLEC Accredited MSL program), is a multisensory, systematic, structured, sequential, phonics-based, direct-instruction approach to teaching beginning, at-risk, struggling, learning disabled, dyslexic and ELL readers.

Rooted in the Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction, Phonics First® uses scientifically research-based learning strategies to teach students systematic processes for decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling). Students who use the Phonics First® system make significant gains in reading and spelling while building a lifelong understanding of the structure of language.

The Phonics First® Curriculum Guide contains 145 lessons, more than 145 reading/spelling concepts, 235 Red Words (sight words), and more than 100 syllabication lessons containing 700+ multisyllable words for decoding practice. Lessons emphasize a balance of reading and spelling for mastery of phonetic and non-phonetic words. In addition, lessons include structured syllabication study for decoding mastery of multisyllable words.

Phonics First® lessons are divided into four Learning Layers:

  • Layer One – Basic short vowels, consonants and digraphs
  • Layer One Plus – A "shortcut" for beginning instruction for older students – emphasizes short vowel mastery through one- and two-syllable words
  • Layer Two – Blends, two-syllable words, plurals, simple spelling rules and familiar affixes
  • Layer Three – Silent-e, vowel pairs, consonant-le endings, y as a vowel, r-controls, homonyms, contractions, more affixes
  • Layer Four - Diphthong vowels, soft c and g, spelling rules, additional suffixes

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The Phonics First® Curriculum Guide is also used after completion of Brainspring's intensive Phonics First®™ Professional Development course. Brainspring-trained teachers use the Phonics First® curriculum to implement structured, step-by-step multisensory lessons to teach reading and spelling skills in the classroom, intervention and remediation settings. Instructors who have completed other in-depth multisensory courses will also benefit from the Phonics First® Curriculum Guide.

Copyright: ©2019 
Dimensions: 9.5" x 11" 
Binding: spiral with softcover, 397 pages

Phonics First Professional Development

Grades K-3 general education; K-5 intervention

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  • 5
    Great resource!!

    Posted by Kathy Head on 7th Sep 2021

    I love this resource! I have been able to get non-readers to read!

  • 5
    Curriculum Guide

    Posted by Summer Swaim on 8th Oct 2020

    It's great that the curriculum guide is spiral bound now. Thank you for making that change since I was first trained in 2016. I appreciate this!

  • 5
    Phonics First Curriculum Guide

    Posted by Vicky on 25th Sep 2020

    I absolutely love Phonics First. I was trained at my former school and had to leave my materials. I am so excited to have my new guide. It is a great reminder to do all the procedures and routines that I love!!!!!! If you are looking for a great program, train your teachers!!!!

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