We are excited to announce a new book series designed to support your classroom phonics curriculum. The Growing Readers series in Footsteps2Brilliance Level 2 and in Footsteps2Brilliance Central™ offers highly-effective multi-sensory practice with immediate feedback to support students in developing phonics skills. Even better, all of the phonics games are automatically scored so that teachers can easily monitor student growth.
Based on rigorous research, this series helps students work toward successfully decoding text. Students practice each skill by playing games, reading decodable text, and then writing their own variation of the story.
For example, Rocket to Mars practices S-blends at the beginning of words like scarf, skate, spider, and smile.
Students begin with phonics games. In Balloon Blending, students use interactive grapheme tiles to blend /s/ with another sound to make S-blends and then words. Next, students practice phonemic awareness by identifying the S-blend that they hear at the beginning of a word. In Word Families and Word Wall, students build S-blend words with interactive grapheme tiles. In Balloon Pop, students complete cloze sentences with the correct S-blend word. At the end of the unit, students record themselves reading a decodable book Rocket to Mars. Students are then prompted to create their own S-blend book.