What makes this program better than previous phonics programs for early childhood is that children will learn their phonics sounds in a memory song-training program that is fun and comprehensive. It is better than learning isolated phonics sounds that are required for pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade learning. It is an early childhood learning type follow-up to the old medieval way of teaching memory-training songs such as the old nursery rhymes that have endured time like “Jack and Jill”, “Little Ms. Muffett”, and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. This book uses a funny modern Dr. Suess song type manner that the children can sing and perform while effortlessly learning the program.
Children will identify three words that begin with the phonics sound that is taught. They will also learn to identify rhyming words in each song. By learning phonics through this technique reading will be learned in a more enduring manner. This is a great leap forward in teaching reading skills to the child who has experienced difficulty in learning to read. Singing simple fun songs is an excellent way to teach reading skills as I observed while teaching my program for over twenty-five years in the New York City public schools. Barbara Panawa the co-author worked with me on developing this cooperative educational “ABC Fun Phonics” program. She was a primary elementary school teacher, Reading Specialist, co-founder of the Children’s Discovery Museum in Rancho Mirage, California, and consultant for an educational publishing company, giving her 43 years of experience in the educational system.
Lorraine Drogin presented this as her kindergarten graduation performance program. Her students sang and acted out all the phonics songs for a parent audience at the end of the school year. This program is adaptable for a supplemental PreK-1st grade reading program. Not only is it limited to PreK-1st grader learners but is also is a great learning tool for English language learners, professionals teaching speech in privatepractices, parents at home, special needs and special education programs.
Children who are denied the opportunity to learn music and drama in their school experiences are denied the chance to enhance their memory skills in a creative manner to become lifelong critical thinkers.