Five Phases

PHASE I IMAGERY

Goal:

Transform the English alphabet’s abstract “symbols” into meaningful letters.

Phonemic Awareness Strategies, Phonemic Awareness
1 Stimulate Imagination

Teacher Script: “This is the letter “c”. It is a picture of a cat.”


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2 Build Memory

Teacher Script: “See the cat catching the mouse.”


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3 Make the Abstract Symbol Meaningful

Teacher Script: “The cat is catching the mouse. His mouth is open wide. The Mouse is not inside.”


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4 Transform the Letter into a Picture

Teacher Script: “This is a Cat Catching.”


 

PHASE II AUDITORY

Goal:

Elicit correct, short vowel/consonant sound recall and production using the phonemic awareness process.

Phonemic Awareness Strategies, Phonemic Awareness Approach

Teacher Script: “This is a picture of a cat catching. Cat begins with |k|. Say |k|.”

Alliteration begins the phonemic awareness process to:

1 Stimulate Auditory Discrimination and Sound Segmentation

     Teacher Script: “This is a cat catching.”

2 Identify Sound Position

    Teacher Script: “Cat begins with a |k|.”

3 Elicit Correct Sound Recall and Punctuation

    Teacher Script: “Say |k|.”

PHASE III INTEGRATION

Goal:

Make sound / symbol correspondence.
Phonemic Awareness Strategies, Phonemic Awareness Approach

Teacher Script: “Tell me the picture.” (Cat Catching). “Tell me the sound.” (|k|)

See     >      Think     >      Say

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It is here that the picture makes the alphabet phonetic

PHASE IV SOUND BLENDING / DECODING

Goal:

Begin reading.

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1 First with illustrations


 

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2 Then with clue / letter


 

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3 Finally with letters


PHASE V MOTOR PLAN

Goal:

Write legibly and automatically.

Research shows legibility requires:

  • Counterclockwise circles
  • Diagonal lines
  • Continuous strokes

Sunform’s Terminology is:

  • Consistent
  • Developmentally appropriate

drawing hand

The Sunform Progressive Motor Plan c, o, a, d, makes handwriting:

  • Logical
  • Automatic
  • Easy
  • Fun

Results

  • Legible writing
  • Directionally correct letters
  • No More Reversals!
  • No more letter confusion
  • Automaticity
  • Kids write more!
  • Transfers to cursive with ease

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