Roddy’s World of Phonics is a short, intensive phonics course especially designed for very young learners. This fun and lively course uses songs and interactive games and activities to help learners develop fundamental phonics skills for lifelong success in reading, writing, and pronunciation. The focus is on sound-letter connection, building awareness of print concepts through books, and beginning reading and writing activities.
As one of our classic summer/winter courses RWOP has been a staple for our students since 2012, and there are a few things about this course that over the years might have been forgotten or totally overlooked.
1. The Teacher Guide
Do you know the best way to teach phonemic awareness? Do you have in depth knowledge of phoneme segmentation, isolation and graphemes? Neither did I until I found this great Teacher Guide found with the original RWOP training package.
A very quick read that will help you understand a little more about teaching phonics and the terminology used in the lesson plans. A must read for any RWOP teacher.
2. Activity Bank
A couple weeks into the summer and you have exhausted all of your phonics activities! The students are ready for new challenges but where can you get activity ideas? Look no further than the activity bank!
That’s right! A bank of phonics activities for you to spice up that phonics group and bring back the freshness of new challenges.
Located in Athena under Roddy’s World of Phonics, it is easy to access and share with your colleagues. Click on the image below for direct link if you are on the EF Workspace network.
3. Reader Lesson Plan
So you have done your 40 minutes of fun activities practicing phonemic skills, and the next 40 minutes is all about the … reader? It’s a story book right? You just have to read the story? No!
The reader is a tool with which the students can practice/use the phonemic skills they have learned in the first 40 minutes. The reader could be total random worded gibberish and still be used effectively. Getting the learners to underline the short /o/ sounds or circle the words with magic e, count the syllables in each line, teacher says a random line and students have to read the next line etc. It’s about using the skills they have learned.
Not sure how to set up apply stages for phonics? No problem, some of the readers have their own lesson plans! Steal from them what you will and eventually you will have an arsenal of phonemic skill application activities under your belt.
If you are like me and have done your fair share of Roddy’s World of Phonics, can recite your favourite reader off by heart. You dream about phonemes, counting how many there are in the word “sigh“. You now can plan a lesson faster than it takes you to read the teacher notes.
Have no fear, the syllabus is here! For the avid Phonics teacher the syllabus is going to be the fastest way for you to plan your lessons and create exciting activities for your students. Found in Athena under the specific book and then teacher check pages. It is a little challenging to find, but once you find it you’ll never go back!
We are very lucky here in Chengdu. When we implemented the RWOP intensive course our CM and investor approved the printing of Phonics Flashcards! From action flashcards, to diphthongs and digraphs you can find some pretty good uses for them in the classroom. Great as a drilling tool or cue for students to remember the sounds or letters.
Located in a bit of a menagerie on Athena, you will eventually get used to searching through for the set you need.
6. Online Listening Homework
Did you know you have access to the RWOP homework book listening activities right within your phone or web browser? That’s right, just click on the picture below to be taken and see the tasks your phonics students get to practice at home.
Did you know any of these hidden gems for phonics? Have any more that was not listen? Comment below, let me know.