I was recently provided a delightful set of systematic phonics materials from Logic of English for review purposes. Our four year old daughter has recently begun to show interest in learning to read. We chose the Foundations, Level A set, the Reusable Resources, and the Doodling Dragons App as a way to build her language arts skills and broaden her knowledge of the alphabet in preparation for reading.
About the Company
Logic of English is on a mission to help solve the literacy crisis in the world today. They are working to remedy this by providing parents and teachers with literacy tools that help teach systematic phonics and language arts to children of all ages. Their research-based approach teaches reading using 74 basic phonograms and 30 spelling rules that apply to or explain nearly all English words. They believe that by teaching these rules and memorizing these phonograms, students will have a better understanding of pronunciation and spelling, and become strong readers, thereby helping to solve the literacy crisis. The Logic of English approach meets the needs of kinesthetic, auditory and visual learners in a fun and engaging way.
About the Products
Foundations, Level A set – Total price – $71.00 – intended for ages 4-7
The Foundations A set includes:
Teacher’s manual – $38
Manuscript workbook – $18
Doodling Dragons Book of Sounds – $15
PDF versions are available as well
Items not included in the set, but that we received are shown below
Reusable Resources – $85.00
Doodling Dragons App – $4.99
The Teacher’s Manual includes 40 lessons plus a review lesson every five lessons. The phonograms introduced in this volume are the lowercase alphabet letters from a-z. Some of the skills taught in this level are:
- learning the difference between voiced and unvoiced sounds
- blending sounds
- segmenting words
- listening for beginning, middle and ending sounds in words
- blending sounds into words
- sorting vowels from consonants
- basic CVC words
- Handwriting strokes
- Letter formation
- and more………
Each lesson has clearly defined objectives listed at the beginning, a materials list and the common core standard that applies. The lessons are then broken down into phonemic awareness sections, phonogram introductions and handwriting. There are teacher tips sprinkled throughout the lessons as well as multi-sensory activity suggestions. Speech tips are also in the margins. The teacher’s instructions are scripted so that you know exactly what to say when.
The Manuscript Workbook includes 2-3 pages of student worksheets for each lesson. The student works on these pages with the teacher giving instruction at their side. The last page of each lesson is a handwriting practice page. There are different sized handwriting lines on the page for the student to attempt. The lessons are numbered and the pages are easy to find because they are labeled lesson 4.1, 4.2, etc.
The Doodling Dragons book is a playful, colorful journey through the alphabet introducing each phonogram with rhyming words. The hardcover text is made for durability.
The Doodling Dragons app is the storybook brought to life with the ability to have the story read to the child or play with the items in the story by clicking on the items and hearing the sounds of the letters with animation.
The Reusable Resources – This set includes Basic Phonogram Flashcards, a lined whiteboard, manuscript tactile cards, a manuscript handwriting chart, and two sets of phonogram game cards (blue bookface and Red Manuscript)
How We Used the Products in Our Homeschool
My four-year old daughter Lydia was thrilled to have her own phonics books and flashcards. She has really started showing interest in reading recently. Since her oldest brother began reading around the four year mark, I thought we might try a little phonics and see if she is ready to begin reading instruction. She knew her letters by sight and over half of them by sound before we began the program. We spent about four days a week working on lessons from Foundations A. When we didn’t have time for the lesson, I would let her play the Doodling Dragons app on my phone. She was very open and receptive to the lessons and I was very surprised how quickly she picked up on the concepts of voiced and unvoiced phonograms. She memorized the phonogram sounds very quickly and was only held up a little by her reticence to try the handwriting portion of the program. She would attempt the letters in the air, on the whiteboard and then on the worksheet in the student workbook, but the number of handwriting lines seemed daunting to her. She would attempt the letter a maximum of 6 times and then she was done for the day. Sometimes I ended up doing the first part of the lesson on one day and saving the handwriting portion for the next day’s lesson to sort of break up the work for her since she is at the lower end of the spectrum of the recommended age for this product. We both enjoyed the multi-sensory activities. Here is a picture of her practicing segmenting words. I would say a word such as c-a-t sounding out each letter sound and she would say the word “cat” and toss the ball into the laundry basket.
We completed the oral activities first, then worked on the tactile and multi-sensory activities moving on to the handwriting section last. Sometimes we stretched one lesson over several days depending on Lydia’s attention span on any given day. I tried not to overwhelm her because I want reading to be a pleasant experience for her. We haven’t reached a lesson where the phonogram game cards are required yet, but we have enjoyed using the phonogram flashcards in our daily lessons. We use them to introduce new phonograms and review previous ones. The whiteboard and the manuscript tactile cards have been helpful for the handwriting portions of the program. I usually demonstrate writing the letter on the whiteboard first and have Lydia try it with me guiding her hand, then let her try it on her own. We loved to trace the letters on the tactile cards. Below you will find a short video of one of the multi-sensory activities we enjoyed outside on a beautiful spring day.
Our Opinion of the Products
I felt the program was effective and I am pleased with the progress we have made in such a short time. I think the activities are fun and engaging and well- suited to the age range of the product. I was a little disappointed in the handwriting portion, but I think it would be great for kids in the upper end of the age range. It was a little frustrating for my just turned 4 year old. I wish the product contained more lessons because if this was my main phonics program for the school year, I would have to purchase the next level to have enough material to fill a school year. I think purchasing two or more levels in a school year may be cost prohibitive for some families with tight school budgets. The quality of the products was excellent and I think the methods taught will be very effective for my daughter. We plan to continue in Foundations A over the summer and see if it continues to be a good fit before we purchase the next level.
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