Oakley Teacher Seeing Success From Phonics Program


By Brittany Cooper

Oakley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) An Oakley teacher started using phonics last year and now she's hitting the program hard.

The reason why Kelli Todd likes the program is Phonics reintroduces basic reading skills.

Some children are natural readers and can memorize easily, but if you don't a have memorization mind, phonics may be the way to go.

Phonics also helps with spelling as well.

"One student I had at the beginning of the year, they were reading four words per minute and it was extreme frustration, tears. When I started doing the Phonics, within four weeks they had jumped to 27 words per minute, and it doesn't seem like a lot, but it's a huge gain because on average a student will gain 1–1/2 words per week, in four weeks time, this student gained 23 words," explains Todd, a 2nd grade teacher at Oakley Elementary.

If parents are interested in pursuing Phonics at home, Todd adds most teachers can send home skills with the student.

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