Updated Phonics & No More Foxy Phonics!

Whilst I was over in Tanzania I got to work with Janet Townend who is a leading expert on dyslexia, reading and also, as it happens, phonics.

After giving it the thumbs up she very kindly looked over the Genki Phonics programme and made a few suggestions and improvements. ย There’s nothing major, but quite a few example words and phrases have been tweaked to make them easier to use.

You can find both the updated Phonics Posters and Phonics Workbook on the mainย phonics page.

(Of course VIP members get the updates for free and if you have bought them separately then send me an email and I’ll get you sorted with the new versions.)

There’s also a ย newย Japanese Explanation of how to use the posters.

Genki Phonics 2.0: Phonics Stories

But that’s not all! ย Margit has been working on some brilliant new examples to use with the Genki Phonics to get the kids reading real, full sentences even earlier. ย They’re still very much in alpha form, but after just a few lessons you’ll have things like:

Dad taps Tim: โ€œTim! Itโ€™s dad!โ€
โ€œItโ€™s you dad? Dad, Iโ€™m sad.โ€

or

Tim gets a ticket.
Itโ€™s a ticket to kick an egg.
Dogs cannot kick.
Cats cannot kick.
Men and kids can kick.
Timโ€™s ticket is in the pocket.

I think it’s magic what she’s done and you can get in touch with her over on the VIP forum.

The end of Foxy Phonics

This also means that the Foxy Phonics series has been discontinued. ย Even in Junior High School the Genki Phonics postersย have pretty muchย supersededย it in every way! ย We might have a couple of copies left around the warehouse if you really, really need them, but I think you’ll get much better results, and have more fun of course, with the Genki Phonics posters.

Any comments or thoughts about the phonics materials, please write them in the comments!

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4 Responses to “Updated Phonics & No More Foxy Phonics!”

  1. Jerry

    Looking forward to seeing the new stuff.
    We’re just about to start a new class in April, for JHS kids.
    A lot of it will be phonics based, so new material will be great.

    Many thanks

    Jerry & Miyuki

  2. Jerry

    I was literally about to start printing off the phonics posters in the next few days, so this is perfect timing for us.

    Jerry

  3. Gumby

    Thank you for the update. I haven’t had a chance to look through it, but I will when I get home. I have been working my way through the book and I find it very easy to teach. Margit has some great ideas and her mini-stories really do help make students feel successful.

    Any chance of doing the book in a different font? I know you tried to find a the font use in Japanese JHS with little success, but I don’t think it needs to be exact nor do I think the Japanese JHS font is the ideal…

  4. Ruth

    This is fantastic! I actually attended a conference today on dyslexia and how to help our students learn English. It was fascinating and these materials are really going to help.

    It’s such a complex issue but the right materials presented in a “friendly” way can make such a HUGE difference and I can’t wait to get started.

    Thank you!

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