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The Complete Phonics Handbook Review by Teri Lucas

Didax Educational Resources
395 Main Street
Rowley, MASS 01969-1207

Running out of good ideas? Has it been absolutely too-o-o long since you've done the "phonics thing?" Do you want a lot of "stuff" without a lot of "fluff," as they say here in good old central PA?

Well, if I've just described what you are looking for, then The Complete Phonics Handbook from Didax Educational Resources has your "number!" This little power pack of "grapho phonic sounds" lists the 44 sounds in our phonetic alphabet and the approximate 240 different ways of spelling them. It also breaks all of this information down by reading age level with teaching suggestions and activities in an easy-to-read format. Age levels are color coded throughout the book for quick reference.

The Complete Phonics Handbook includes "grapho phonic word families" or common spellings for each sound. There is a linking consonant word list. Compound words and even a short Greek and Latin word origin are presented. Finally, the book concludes with a section entitled Class Activities for use with Phonic Family Word Lists, which is easily adapted for home use! Again, all information that cannot be generally applied to all age groups is color-coded. Suggested use is for grades Kindergarten through sixth.

The Complete Phonics Handbook will put a little pizzazz into your phonics program. It is intended to give the teacher a firm base from which to instruct the student. If you need some new ideas, or, if you have a struggling student and are stuck in a worksheet frenzy, this book is for you! The Complete Phonics Handbook retails for $10.95 + s/h. Didax also has a great catalog of language arts and math helps. Give them a call today.

-- Product Review by: Teri Lucas, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine