One of the biggest problems in phonics instruction is the unnecessary insertion of a schwa (a neutral “uh” vowel) after each consonant. Children taught to read this way often struggle, since what they have been taught does not really permit proper decoding.

This video shows a first grader, Elizabeth, who had been struggling with her reading. We taught her to fluently decode, then gave her practice on this passage to improve her fluency. Over the time that she worked with us, she became a fluent reader and has excelled throughout her education!