February 3, 2011
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Content: Phonics
Grade(s): K – 5th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Included
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$ || ?
Pages: 180
Publication Date: 2006
Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

Word building is the key step in every Touchphonics lesson where students work with Touch-Units to build and manipulate words. Touch-Units are three dimensional letters and linked letter combinations that provide concrete representations of the essential English graphemes. Touch-Units make decoding concepts attainable by involving four modalities: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile. Touch-Units are made of soft, flexible, rubber (latex free)*, with a textured surface to intensify the tactile neurological input—crucial to at-risk readers.

Each of Touchpoints 59 lessons follow a basic 11-step process.

1: Phonemic Awareness – Become familiar with the target phoneme pattern
2: Link Sound to Letter – Mini phonics lesson
3: Build Words #1 – Teacher models building words
4: Build Words #2 – Student builds words
5: Read Words in Isolation
6: Independent Practice – Student completes workbook activities
7: Dictation – Students write dictated students that include target lesson words
8: Build Words from Reader – Preview the reader text
9: Learn Sight Words – Learn sight words that will be in the reader text
10: Read the Reader – Students read the reader text
11: Respond to the Story – Students demonstrate comprehension of the reader text

About the Author:
The Touchphonics system was developed by Dr. Robin Steed and tested and proven in reading laboratories at Brigham Young University for over 6 years.

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One Comment

  • Jellyjars February 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This program is EXCELLENT for phonemic awareness. It breaks down the sounds into tangible, visible pieces and demonstrates that there is a system to our language, you can put it together and take it apart, and move it around. I love it for this. The building/spelling outloud/writing the words is excellant practice though DS finds it very tedious and boring and the same every week. Writing out the dictated sentance is also good practice. The stories are OK but I am continually frustrated by the amount of advanced pattern words in each book.

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