Where Do I Start?

Before you set out to teach your child to read or help a student struggling with reading, it’s important that you have basic understanding of how any of us learns (or learned) to read. Over the 40 years we’ve been helping new and struggling readers, we’ve boiled the process down to the 7 beginning steps we all go through. Once your child takes these steps, there will be more to learn, but the foundation will be laid for him or her to move forward with confidence. Click here to learn about the 7 steps to reading.)

Once you understand the 7 Steps, the Tiger Tuesday Reading Program makes it easy to figure out where to begin and what products and modules are available to help your child learn to read through playing! That’s because the games, stories, plays, and worksheet activities are all aligned with the same 7 Steps.

Be Sure to Know the Correct Pronunciation of the Phonemes You’ll Teach

As you know by now, the central focus of the Tiger Tuesday Reading Program is teaching children the phonics-based skills they need to decode the majority of words and syllables they’ll encounter in their early grades. It’s important for you to know the correct pronunciation of each phoneme and the “rules” for remembering how to pronounce the five major vowel patterns for two reasons: 1) so you can determine what your child already knows and doesn’t; and 2) so you can better introduce the phonemes and rules to your child.

Don’t know the correct sounds? No problem. Download our free ebook, “Intro to Phonics” and follow the videos as Dr. Linda pronounces each phoneme for you. (Note: Although there are 44-45 phonemes, we’ve provided only those associated with the 7 beginning steps.) Better yet, watch and listen right now to the video below as Dr. Linda pronounces the items on each line of the Tiger Tuesday Reading Inventory.

How to Determine Where to Start with Your Child

Where you begin depends on a couple of factors: 1) the age of the child and 2) what the child knows and doesn’t know. To determine what the child knows and doesn’t know, use the Tiger Tuesday Reading Inventory (TTRI), which can be downloaded by clicking here. The child record (student form) is shown on the left. The download includes an introduction and guidelines for administration.

The Tiger Tuesday Reading Inventory generally takes less than 10 minutes to administer and assesses what knowledge a child or student has relative to the 7 Steps. Based on the number missed on a given item, the Examiner Form provides guidance for when to 1) stop administering the TTRI, 2) choose the most appropriate book and games to start with, and start helping your child play his way to reading! The table below provides a cross-reference between the 7 Steps and the line item on the TTRI. And, if you’re still not sure, contact Dr. Linda via email at linda@stronglearning.com or call her at 1-845-628-7910.

1-Phonemic Awareness1-Recognition of the upper-case alphabet letters.YELLOW - ALPHABET
1-Phonemic Awareness2-Recognition of the upper-case alphabet letters.YELLOW - ALPHABET
1-Phonemic Awareness3-Recognition of the lower-case alphabet letters.YELLOW - ALPHABET
2-Phonemic Awareness4-Ability to produce the single consonant sounds.LIGHT BLUE - CONSONANT SOUNDS
2-Phonemic Awareness5-Ability to produce the sound of double-sound consonant blends.LIGHT BLUE - CONSONANT SOUNDS
2-Phonemic Awareness6-Recognition of the five major vowels and ability to say their names.RED - CVC
3-CVC-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant7-Ability to produce the short vowel sounds.RED - CVC
3-CVC-Consonant-Vowel-Consonant8-Ability to decode and pronounce CVC words.RED - CVC
4-VCE-Vowel-Consonant-Silent E9-Ability to decode and pronounce VCE words.BLUE - VCE
5-Vowel Digraphs10-Ability to produce the sounds of vowel digraphs.PURPLE - VOWEL DIGRAPHS
6-R-Controlled Vowels11-Ability to produce the sounds of R-controlled vowels.GREEN - R-CONTROLLED VOWELS
7-Vowel Diphthongs12-Ability to produce the sounds of diphthongs.ORANGE - VOWEL DIPHTHONGS

Review the correct pronunciations of phonemes in the Tiger Tuesday Reading Inventory by watching the video.

Phonics Centered — Consistent with Orton-Gillingham — Multisensory