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Saxon Phonics Intervention

For Joshua and Annette's spelling this year I went with Saxon Phonics Intervention. As much as I learned and really like Spell to Write and Read (we used it for 6 months) it just wasn't working for me. I don't know how to explain it. I understand the method and philosophy but teaching it was hard for me. I thought I had found something that I could use to help Joshua, it just wasn't clicking with both of us. I really wanted it to work and use it for the next few years.

This year I went with Saxon Phonics Intervention because it's a lot more scripted and easier to teach. I open the teacher manual. It tells me exactly what I will need to teach the lesson and even has what I'm to say.

Saxon Phonics Intervention (SPI) to me is a neat program. It comes with a huge manual, that is scripted. I like to highlight everything that I am to do. For instance if it says "Write Jim's dog" on the board, I highlight that, so at a glance, I'll know what I'm suppose to be doing.

SPI comes with lots of cards. This is great for review.

Picture cards have a picture to help the child remember that sound and the coded letter next to it.
The picture of a girl crying shows that the 'y' is saying the long /I/ sound. They letter 'y' had a dot above it to remind the student that its acting as a vowel, the macron is telling that the 'y' is saying it's long sound. I really like how SPI codes the letters.

The Letter Card has the letters and the child is to say, "Vowel 'y'".

The Spelling Card, is for the mom/teacher. I say the sound and the child writes the letter(s).
For the /k/ sound Josh and Annette, are writing 'k, c' and as they write it they say, "K comma C"

Affix Cards. The ones below are showing suffixes. They code the suffix with a box.

There are also vocabulary words. Right now they are words like pun, pry, myth.
There are also sight word cards but I'm going to teach them using the phonic rules with most of them. Like, with the word 'do' I'll teach the 3rd sound of 'o'. They already know all their phonograms, so I don't see it being too complicated with teaching the sight words this way.

I love that this program includes a workbook. Once we go over the lesson and learn that days sound and how to code or mark the letters they get a chance to practice coding words in their workbook.

We are on lesson 14 and have completed two assessments already. I have doubled up on a few lessons. The first six lessons are the vowels. My son, still gets the terms 'short' and 'long' vowels mixed up, so this was great review for him. In fact, the past two days he hasn't had trouble with them anymore. I'm so excited!
Lesson 7 is on blends, so I quickly went over that one and the same day we did lesson 8 which was 'Vowel Y, Part 1'. Lessons 9, 10 and 11 were introducing digraphs. Lesson 12 dealt with 'k' and 'c', when to use them. Even though they learned this using SWR it was great review that they needed after a month off this summer. Today, we did lesson  13 and reviewed the digraph 'ck'. Again, this is great review for Josh.
Tomorrow we'll briefly go over the sight words (phonetically) then lesson 15 which gets exciting because they will learn The Rule vccv, Part 1. This will teach them how to break up a word in syllables. Ethan (using Saxon Phonics 1), learned this two days ago and read contact. It was so neat to watch him code the word and read it.


  1. Very interesting. My kids learn this program at school and they really struggled with it. My first grader is especially struggling with it now...any suggestions?? Thanks!


  2. Saxon Phonics Intervention is for 4th grade to adult. There is Saxon Phonics levels K-3. I'm thinking that maybe a first grader is not ready for all the rules and coding.


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