Phonetic“FUN Steps” gives the beginning reader the tools to successfully decode and encode short-vowel words, words with consonant blends or digraphs and words using several long-vowel rules. This is balanced with the teaching of many commonly used sight words.


Systematic – A goal in developing “FUN Steps” was to teach reading in a logical manner. This is reflected in the order in which letters are introduced and in the words included in the children's reading material. One letter is emphasized each week, but not in isolation. Material cumulatively builds on what was previously taught, providing a strong foundation for decoding and encoding. The order in which letters are introduced is based on the ease of distinguishing their sound, and the frequency of their use in words. Every fourth letter is a short vowel, providing several weeks of practice before a new vowel is introduced. Lessons include only text, which the students have been given the skills to successfully read. Difficult words in a story are first introduced and practiced in blending and spelling exercises. Long vowel spellings are introduced by logical spelling rules after much practice with the short vowels.


Balanced - "FUN Steps" provides a balance between whole-class instruction and individual/small group activities; between written work and hands-on activities. Many ideas are provided, with the thought that the teacher will use what fits his/her style and the needs of the students. While the phonics program is very strong and the students who are developmentally ready will learn to be good readers, the learning is "wrapped" in fun, active, age-appropriate activities. The pace, itself, is balanced, not overwhelming to any student, yet full of interesting activities, songs and games.

Complete - The "FUN Steps" program provides a wealth of games and activities for both whole-class and small group use. Each uses only the phonemes and rules that have been taught to that point, so they fit the skill level of the class, in general. Many of the games relate to the literature used that week, as well as the phonics or language skill taught.


Learning styles - Since research shows that people learn in different ways, educators need to provide learning opportunities for the various learning styles. “FUN Steps” includes a variety of learning experiences in order to provide for these varied learning styles and meet the needs of the individual students in the classroom.


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Multi-sensory“FUN Steps” involves many senses in the teaching of letters and phonetic sounds. The children see the letter form and hear the name and sound of each letter as they say it and write it in the air. This method is an active part of our “warm -up” before reading.


Biblically integrated - One of the joys of teaching in a Christian school is the privilege, and responsibility, of presenting all truth as having its source in our great God! In the first week, the children are taught that God is the One who created language, with examples from Scripture of His spoken word creating light (Gen. 1:3) and the very finger of God writing the Law (Exodus 32:16). Throughout the pages of the “FUN Steps” teacher’s manual are many “Truth Ties” which provide a connection between Scripture or a biblical truth and the lesson being taught.


Age-appropriate - Five and six-year olds are meant to be active. Although some written work is part of each week’s format, the majority of their learning is based on active involvement. As a parent said, “They’re having so much fun, they don’t know they’re learning!”

Interactive - Key to the "FUN Steps" program is much interaction between teacher and students, as well as between classmates. Lessons encourage the children to collaborate in such projects as the writing of class books and to take part in many discussions as a whole class or in small groups.

Beyond ABC - As well as providing a strong phonics program, "FUN Steps" keeps the interest of the gifted learner by introducing many language components through age-appropriate activities. The goal is to excite children about words and reading. Although mastery is never expected in this area, many children catch on quickly and enjoy finding nouns, adjectives and verbs, as well as synonyms, homophones, palindromes, onomatopoeia words, and more!

Teacher Friendly - Written by a K teacher, "FUN Steps" keeps the needs of the teacher in mind. Much effort has been made to make directions clear and complete. Many suggestions have been added, including "Kids' Cues", terms or rhymes which appeal to Kinders and help them remember specifics. Since many teachers, as well as students, are visual learners, illustrations help clarfy details throughout the manual.