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All age students and children can learn to read by laughing and playing and having fun.

The structure is in 15 phonic reading Stages – 5 stages in each box:

Play the games at each of the stages

  • Get it, Match it and Take it card games enable students and children to practise, reinforce and consolidate reading.
  • Use it card game develops sentence construction and increases vocabulary knowledge.
  • Explanation Card explains what each Stage is and how to teach that stage

That’s all that’s needed as the structure has been put together by a phonics specialist

Progress with reading is inevitable; the learner picks up the phonic patterns easily and then reinforces them every time they play the games, over and over again.


Box 1: Approx Reading Age 6 – 7 ½ yrs, Interest level 5 - 95 yrs

Each stage practices the phonic rules below, building on the previous stage

StageWord examples
Stage 1 cvcsat yes big fox hug
Stage 2 ccvcpram shall trip snack
Stage 3 cvcc and ccvccleft best crash drank
Stage 4 two syllable wordsmagnet instruct
Stage 5 ‘ar’ - ‘or’ - ‘er’car port standard

Box 2: Approx Reading age 7 ½ - 9 yrs, Interest level 5 - 95 yrs

Each stage practices the phonic rules below, building on the previous stage

StageWord examples
Stage 6 split digraphmake these fine code tuneful
Stage 7 vowel digraphs and trigraphssnail seen light boat statue
Stage 8 alternative vowel digraphsboy out paw
Stage 9 two syllable wordslimit pilot
Stage 10 three syllable wordsconsider discontent

Box 3: Approx Reading age 9-15 yrs, Interest level 5 - 95 yrs

Each stage practices the phonic rules below, building on the previous stage

StageWord examples
Stage 11 ‘c’ as in /s/mice pencil succeed
Stage 12 ‘g’ as in /j/gem page rigid
Stage 13 consonant-lecandle sensible
Stage 14 four syllable wordsindependent
Stage 15 suffixes with ‘ti’ ‘ci’ ‘si’electrician