Units 1 – 4: SharpPhonics

SharpPhonics is a training program that initially shows you how to teach reading, writing and hearing the letters of the alphabet plus th, ch and sh.  This program  shows you how to get students started with hearing, reading and writing sounds of letters and making important connections to how those sounds become words.  The aim of Stage 2 is to make connections with the first letter of a word like apple, candle, jet or lion.

Then we take this further in Stage 4 with a routine that teaches the students how to listen, say, read and write simple consonant – vowel – consonant (CVC) words like cat, dog, hen or bug.  We do this using two very important word level skills – segmenting (separating words into sounds ie. dog becomes d – o – g) and blending (putting sounds together to make a word ie. d – o – g = dog)

Who should use SharpPhonics?

This is a training program that is solely based on Yolanda Soryl’s Literacy and her approach to phonics and is intended for teachers, education specialists, parents or homeschoolers who are not sure how to help students who are just beginning to read or write.  This training is perfect for teaching one student, a small group or a whole class of students with a 15-minute routine that can be repeated each day of the week. It is an entry-level course that covers initial sounds and CVC words (consonant – vowel – consonant) and gives you access to the resources you need.  This training is intended to give you confidence with the initial teaching of phonics and phonics assessment so that you can move on to more complex phonics teaching.

Where did this course come from?

SharpPhonics is a collaboration of SharpReading’s knowledge and experience with online training and Yolanda Soryl’s Phonics content, knowledge and expertise.  Yolanda’s full phonics programme has 7 stages and we are presenting Stages 2 and 4 here in this course.  (The overview of all 7 Stages is on the next page).

Where do I Start?

Depending on the level of students you are teaching you will start with either Stage 2 or Stage 4. If you are not sure you may need to assess your students.  See the Assessment section of this training. 

Once you have gained confidence with either of these stages we expect you will move on to learn the other stages.  To do this you will need to go to Yolanda Soryl’s website – https://www.yolandasoryl.com/ where you will find more material and information on her upcoming workshops. <