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Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling [Paperback]

By Dolores G. Hiskes (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
ISBN  0787979104  
EAN  9780787979102  

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Item Description...
Provides a variety of lessons, examples, word lists, and activities to teach phonics and spellling.

Publishers Description
Now in its ninth edition, Phonics Pathways (with help from Dewey the Bookworm™) teaches students of all ages the rudiments of phonics and spelling with an efficient, practical, and foolproof method. Written in an easy-to-use format, Phonics Pathways is organized by sounds and spelling patterns. The patterns are introduced one at a time and slowly built into syllables, words, phrases, and sentences. Printed in a large 8-1/2" x 11" lay-flat format for easy photocopying, Phonics Pathways is filled with illustrative examples, word lists, and practice readings that are 100 percent decodable. While appropriate for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book has also been used successfully with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Dewey® and Dewey Decimal Classification® are proprietary trademarks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, and are used with permission.

Dewey the Bookworm™, Dewey D. System, Bookwormus Giganticus™, and the design mark of the character Dewey are trademarks of Dolores G. Hiskes and are also used with permission.

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More About Dolores G. Hiskes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dolores G. Hiskes has authored a wide variety of nationally acclaimed teaching materials, including her best-selling book Phonics Pathways. She has tutored reading for over thirty years and trained teachers from all over the world. Well-established in professional journals and a winner of numerous honors, Hiskes publishes Phonics Talk, a free online newsletter about teaching reading, which can be found at

Dolores G. Hiskes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Jossey-Bass Teacher

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Tedious, inappropriate for young children  Sep 19, 2007
I'm a big fan of phonics and I know this book has gotten rave reviews, but we have found it extremely tedious for the following reasons:
1. There are entirely too many words on each page. My six year old boy is overwhelmed every time I open the book. Looking at the endless lists of disconnected words has actually sent him into tears. He is able to get the concept without so much repetition.
2. The "stories" are just nonsensical strings of words, and bring no innate satisfaction for either of us when he gets all the words correct. It is not that difficult to create sentences that are interesting to read.
3. The quotes of the cute little bookworm are too abstract or involve concepts that a six year old (at least my six year old) cannot grasp without quite a bit of explaining.
4. We were still trying to make this book work when we came to page 116, where plural nouns, singular verbs, the possessive s and Xs were all thrown together. Surely in a book of this page count, these major concepts could have been separated out. (Nouns like "ducks" are included in the same lists as verbs like "hums" under the heading "plurals" -- try explaining to your child why "hums" is plural! Of course it's not . . . .) Much to my son's relief, we will do our phonics without this book.
She covers the basics in an organized, easy to follow fashion  Aug 24, 2007
Although I am still in the beginning stages of teaching my child to read, I really like Delores HIskes' approach in this book. She starts out with consonants, then blends them with the vowels to teach children the short vowel sounds. All along and along she includes short games which are simple to create and my child really enjoys. I reccommend this book!
It's like a vitamin - very good for you, but rather dull  Jun 18, 2007
I taught my daughter to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. My daughter was very successful with that, and upon completion I turned to Phonics Pathways to continue her instruction.

That was almost 10 months ago, and over the course of this year we have come very close to working through the entire book.

Pros: Phonics Pathways is very complete. It can take a child that reads nothing up to about a 4th or 5th grade level of reading. It includes more complicated phonics patterns that other books do not cover. It teaches spelling rules and I anticipate using this as a spelling reference as my child gets older. It is very easy to use. We basically read a page a day, repeating if a certain page is tricky. It includes games that could be motivating to some students, although requiring prep on the part of the parent.

Con: Dry, dry, dry! My child loved the zany stories in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. When we started Phonics Pathways, she wanted to go back to her old book because Phonics Pathways is not nearly so entertaining. While she thinks Dewey the Bookworm is cute, his inspirational sayings don't do much for her. If my child was a reluctant reader, I think we'd have to scrap Phonics Pathways and find something else that was more fun.

This book does work and is a good reference to have on hand, but like most things in education, it will not be the best fit for every child.
Simple, Straightforward and Effective  Apr 6, 2007
I've taught both of my children to read using this book and I recommend it to other parents all of the time. In just a few minutes a day you can help your child learn to read well and/or solidify their emerging skills. Don't spend a fortune on fancy "edutainment" software programs. Get this instead and cuddle with your child on the sofa and watch their skills grow.

This would also be good for children with dyslexia or adults who need help.
Very Pleased!  Mar 18, 2007
I've been using this book for my current kindegartner for about a year now. We're up to page 50 as of today (when you can start using readers if you really want to) and I'm just tickled with the progress made. We started out extremely casual and laid back until the last month or two. We've been working with it every weekday for the last month or so. His speech issues as well as his phonics comprehension have dramatically improved in the last 6mo alone! I love how this is a self-contained reading system. It isn't a box of assorted 'things' and it can be used for pretty much an age and any level reader. Fairly straight-forward and easy to use.

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