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DOG ON A LOG Pup Books: A Parent-Friendly Roadmap for teaching kids to read using phonics.

Edited by Nancy Mather Ph.D.

Book 1

Before The Squiggle Code (A Roadmap to Reading)

Phonological/Phonemic Awareness:

  • Words
  • Rhyming
  • Syllables: identification, blending, segmenting
  • Identifying individual letter sounds

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Books 2 and 3

The Squiggle Code (Letters Make Words)

Kids’ Squiggles (Letters Make Words)

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

  • Consonants: primary sounds
  • Short vowels
  • Blending
  • Introduction to sight words
  • The letters are introduced in the following groups:
  •  (a, s, m, f, t, n)
  •  (r, d, c, g)
  •  (o)
  •  (b, h, l, x)
  •  (i, p, k, j)
  •  (u, y, z, qu)
  •  (e, v, w)

   Review: 9-year-old boy’s mom   

Review: 5 and 8-year-old girls’ mom

Review: Professor of Reading/Dyslexia

Review: Speech-Language Pathologist

pre-reading skills parent-friendly roadmap for teaching kids to read using phonics.

Trying to find a way to teach your child to read, whether you are supplementing what your child is being taught in school or as a homeschooling family, can feel overwhelming. DOG ON A LOG Pup Books are written by a mom who wants to try and eliminate some of those feelings for other parents. These parent-friendly books will guide you along the path of teaching reading.

DOG ON A LOG Pup Books give simple activities you can do with your child. Once you understand the skills that your child needs to learn, you may wish to add additional activities. Resources are suggested that will help you find additional free or low-cost activities you can personalize to your child. Extra printable activities are available from our printables page. (Link at the bottom of this page.)

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Book 1: Before The Squiggle Code (A Roadmap to Reading) Starts at the very beginning of the learning to read process: it helps the learner hear the smallest sounds in words. Relevant excerpts from Teaching a Struggling Reader: One Mom’s Experience with Dyslexia are also included to help parents with children who are struggling to read.

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Book 2: The Squiggle Code (Letters Make Words) Helps the learner discover that each sound has a letter or letters and when the letters are put together, they make words. This is when reading begins.

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Book 3: Kids’ Squiggles (Letters Make Words) The stories from The Squiggle Code (Letters Make Words) are formatted with pictures and less words per page so they are less intimidating to new readers.

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Before the Squiggle Code

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Spoken language is a code. The code starts with random sounds that we group together into words. Then we put several words together to make sentences. By talking and by listening to each other’s words and sentences, we share ideas with other human beings.

Reading and writing are another type of code for sharing ideas. This code involves squiggles. We happen to call those squiggles letters.

We put squiggles on a piece of paper and tell a child, “Tell me what this says.”

Yet those squiggles are silent. They do not make any noise. Surely children must think we are crazy that we can get sounds out of squiggles.

Children trust us so they try to make that madness happen. If they are lucky, they have patient adults that show them how the squiggles make sounds and that groups of squiggles combine to make words.

Part of the best way to help someone learn to read is to make sure they can hear the smallest sounds in words which are called phonemes. And before we can teach them the small sounds, we must make sure they can hear the big sounds.

So, the beginning of learning to read is making sure the student can hear words. That may seem silly since most people learn to talk when they are just babies. Yet if they haven’t thought about what a word is, how can we expect them to turn squiggles into words?

This book will help your child, or even an adult learner, learn to hear each word in a sentence. Once they can do that, they must learn to hear syllables in each word. (Identifying syllables will also be an important skill when they are trying to read. Once they are taught the six types of syllables, it will make reading and writing a lot easier.) After they can identify the syllables in a word, it will be time to hear the individual sounds, the phonemes, in a word.

And then we tell them that each sound has a squiggle. If they put those squiggles together, they will make words. And if they can look at the squiggles someone has placed on a piece of paper or on a computer screen and they can make all those squiggles make a sound, they will have broken the squiggle code. That is when reading begins.

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All DOG ON A LOG Books follow a systematic, structured literacy/Orton-Gillingham based phonics sequence.

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