Best Reading! Phonics of Short Vowels by Cathy Jackson is a reading program comprising of fun short stories, instructional guides, and educational activities that develop children’s reading abilities, word recognition, and vocabulary.
Learning through phonics helps children recognize and decode the sounds of the letters in the words they read. In fact, phonics reading is essential to improve spelling, comprehension, and reading fluency—not only speed but also accuracy.
Fun and engaging short stories and educational activities
Program developed based on 30 years of in-class teaching experience
Audio read by professional voice actors
Lesson plans and tips for parents available
Reading abilities form as of day 1 - new letters and words as the reader progresses
Box of 20 Story Books, Teacher Guide, Audio CD
Author: Cathy Jackson
Illustrator: Graham Ross
Ages: 4 - 6
Full Program Available on eLearning Platform
- all stories with audio read-along
- audio for letter sounds, words, pictures
- word-by-word phonetic reading
- interactive games and activities to reinforce learning
- help with vowel shapes and sounds
- gradual introduction of letters and sounds
- printing sheets
- teaching tips for each book
- sequential reading strategies
- videos on: setting up centres, holding a pencil, classroom word games, and constructing paper books and word boxes
After obtaining a B.A. in English from Loyola College and a Teaching Degree with a specialty in Early Childhood Education from the University of Manitoba, Cathy Jackson taught for 5 years in Toronto while completing Primary Specialist qualifications from the University of Toronto. After two years teaching in Scotland and Wales, she spent 27 years teaching kindergarten to grade five in Ottawa while completing a B.Ed. and Special Education Specialist from the University of Ottawa.
When Cathy noticed the lack of resources needed to capture her students’ attention and provide stepping-stones for growth, she decided to create her own short stories to teach a few letter-sounds and sight words at a time. Best Reading! Phonics began as photocopies on folded papers to which students could add words, continue the stories as they coloured, and keep them at home. Cathy's students’ enthusiasm prompted her to continue writing and eventually publish her reading program so all young readers could build a strong reading foundation.
ABOUT THE SERIES
New letters and words are gradually introduced, allowing the child to build confidence and start reading from day 1
Educational activities reinforce learning and keep the child engaged
Suitable to be Setup as Learning Centers in Classrooms
Joan Barry, elementary school principal
Charlene O’Reilly, Elementary Grades Teacher
Helen Allvey, Language Teacher
John Howland, Special Education Resources Teacher
Source: Ontario College of Teachers publication, Professionally Speaking, March 2021.