4 Reasons I Started Teaching Phonics DIGITALLY

Elementary phonics aligned with the science of reading looks like tubs of
manipulatives, sound box cards, pointers, poem posters, and dry erase boards
with markers, and, and, and… 🙂

All. The. Things.

And then if you are going to do phonics intervention during small groups, you
either need to have a separate stash, or you need to remember to move all the
things back and forth.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Digital phonics changed my life for
this very reason and more.  So let’s chat about the 4 Reasons I started
teaching phonics DIGITALLY!

1. Digital Phonics Means No Prep

Don’t get me wrong… I have my stash of phonics materials.  But it’s
organized neatly in my small group intervention area. 

I never worry about gathering all the things as my kids are rushing to the
carpet.  Or rushing to my back table to grab one more thing in the middle
of the lesson!

Can you relate?

One of the things I love about digital phonics is that all of the
manipulatives and supplies are digital and a part of the powerpoint file.

By making it digital, I don’t have to sacrifice hands-on or the interactive
experience that we know kids need to map words!

For decoding practice, the slides play one phoneme at a time.  

Elkonin boxes are on the spelling pages.

There are plenty of sorts with moveable photos or words.

And there are plenty more interactive parts of the digital phonics lessons
that you can see in this
video.

2. Digital Phonics Means Putting Down Scripts

If you’ve been around for a while, you may know my story about getting stuck
in the script and HATING it!  I couldn’t memorize the script that changed
each day.  And I also couldn’t read from the script and teach effectively
AND manage my squirrely first graders.

That’s the exact reason I created digital phonics.  Because I needed to
look up and teach while still being confident that what I was doing was backed by the Science of Reading.  

Having prepared slides helped me look up at my kids and focus on teaching them
better.

Each of the slides has a notes section (in normal view) for me to refer to
in case I forget what we are focusing on for that slide.

But I rarely had to glance at the notes section after the first week or so
because of reason #3…

Digital Phonics Means Consistency

Consistency is HUGE for me.

And it’s even HUGER for kids (Yes, I know that’s not a word…. but it should
be!)

Consistency in digital phonics instruction means that we are doing the same
routine every week, just with a different skill.

Poems will always be introduced on Tuesdays for first graders.  And we
will do the same things with them each Tuesday… just with a different poem!

The content changes.  The routines do not.  And that’s where the
magic happens.

Kids have a finite amount of space in their brains to learn.  If half of
that space is used up learning new routines every day, then only half of their
brain power is available for actual learning.  Actual science of reading
aligned phonics skills.

Let’s pause for a story for a moment.  When I interned in
kindergarten, my mentor teacher (whom I LOVED) planned 10 centers every
week.  And they were different centers every week.  Like we just
found 10 random activities that tied into what we were learning that
week.  


On Mondays before centers began, we spent about 20 minutes showing the kids
how to do all of the centers.  And what do you think happened the rest
of the week during centers?  We got constant questions on what they
were supposed to do.  They couldn’t remember.  Or it wasn’t
blatantly obvious.  Or they were absent on Monday.  Or they were
spinning circles during directions.  Or, or, or… 🙂

That’s the problem with inconsistency.  And that’s exactly why I was
adamant about keeping Super Phonics consistent from week to week. 
Consistency is one of the things I hear over and over from teachers who use my
Super Phonics digital curriculum.

Digital Phonics Means Online Flexibilty

Anyone heard of a little thing called CoVid? 🙂  Phonics instruction was
unaffected by teachers who were using a digital phonics curriculum.  My
teachers continued to teach Science of Reading aligned phonics over zoom calls and even assigned phonics
lessons for kids to go back and do on their own in Google classroom.

Super Phonics comes as a PowerPoint download, but it can be uploaded into
Google slides.  Some of the automatic timing on the decoding slides is
lost because Google Slides (at the time of this blog post) doesn’t yet support
those tools, but it is closely the same.

If you still aren’t sure if digital phonics is the way to go, try it
out!  For FREE!  Just click the image below to get an entire week of digital phonics
for either kindergarten, first grade or second grade sent straight to your
inbox!

Are you confident and ready to jump in with Super Phonics?  Grab the
entire year for
kindergarten,
first grade
or
second grade
below.

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