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Letter Lessons and First Words

Phonics Foundations That Work

Research-based strategies for lively, engaging phonics instruction with young children.

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If you’re not sure how phonics fits within your daily instruction, or crave a more effective process for teaching phonics, Heidi Anne Mesmer is here to help. In Letter Lessons and First Words, Heidi Anne provides a research-based vision of what lively, engaging phonics instruction can look like, along with practical, classroom-tested  tools to make it happen in your classroom.

Heidi Anne  provides a one-stop shop  for phonics instruction, including a clear scope and sequence of what to teach, a quick assessment to differentiate instruction, a simple lesson framework, and three activity-filled units matching key developmental milestones.

More than twenty classroom videos bring the content to life, showing children working with letters, words, and books at various stages of learning.  Additional resources include:

  • A “know the code” chapter explaining English spelling (and online glossary)

  • Answers to common questions

  • Guidance about choosing books for readers at different stages

  • new info about how children cognitively store words and why inductive tension is important.

Isn’t it time to re-imagine how you teach phonics? Letter Lessons and First Words will show you the way toward joyful instruction for today’s classrooms.

Read Heidi Anne's Blog post Developmentally Responsive Phonics Instruction: A Research-Based Approach

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