Phonics FAQ

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  1. Why teach reading with phonics?
  2. What makes Ringbound Reading different from other phonics programs?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Who developed this curriculum?
  5. What is the 'Set of 69 Replacement Picture Cards'?



1.  Why teach reading with phonics?

Quoted from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. --View the full article

April 13, 2000
** National Reading Panel Reports Combination of Teaching Phonics, Word Sounds, Giving Feedback on Oral Reading Most Effective Way to Teach Reading

“…The panel found that the research conducted to date strongly supports the concept that explicitly and systematically teaching children to manipulate phonemes significantly improves children's reading and spelling abilities. The evidence for this is so clear cut that this method should be an important component of classroom reading instruction.

The panel also concluded that the research literature provides solid evidence that phonics instruction produces significant benefits for children from kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulties learning to read. The greatest improvements in reading were seen from systematic phonics instruction…”


2.  What makes Ringbound Reading different from other phonics programs? 

First of all, kids love Ringbound Reading!  Its hands-on quality holds the attention of even the most active learner. From a teacher’s standpoint, it’s because Ringbound Reading is a systematic and progressive method of teaching both phonics and true sight words, (those words that cannot be sounded out, such as “does” “have”   “you”  “give”  etc.)

It’s an unbeatable combination for acquiring reading skills quickly. The system contains lots of built-in and varied reinforcements, keeping it fun and interesting.

Colorful cards with a minimum of information each help keep your child from getting distracted. Each card also contains its own reinforcement.  Kids love the games, practice exercises, and reinforcement projects.  Do you know any kid who wouldn’t love getting a letter in his own mailbox each day – a letter that contains a message he can read all by himself? The teacher’s manual shows you how to provide this and other reinforcement projects. The games and practice exercises, which are entertaining as well as educational, and the short spelling quizzes (quizzing on the sounds your child has just learned to read) combine to reinforce the skills taught. Success comes early on and is maintained with Ringbound Reading™.

Success builds upon success. And that builds confidence.

Ringbound Reading™, a comprehensive phonics instruction curriculum – endorsed by homeschooling groups across the country, as well as other parents and teachers.  Where other programs have been unsuccessful in teaching children with dyslexia and/or ADHD, the systematic method of Ringbound Reading™ has brought welcome success.  After spending hundreds of dollars per grade level for a reading curriculum and finding it ineffective, parents have been delighted to find Ringbound Reading™an effective phonics curriculum, at a price they can afford. Gr. K-3rd skills.

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3.  How does Ringbound Reading™ work?

  • The curriculum teaches reading through recognition of letters, consonant blends, vowel sounds, digraphs, true sight words, common word parts, and other essential reading skills.
  • It reinforces concepts taught with games, practice exercises, and reinforcement projects.
  • 382  3x9 sturdy cards with colored borders, Core Cards and Game Cards categorized and linked by color for easy location of supplementary exercises that will strengthen new reading and spelling skills.

Prior to each lesson, selected cards are moved from the Yellow Ring to the Red Ring, the (Teaching Ring) where they are accumulated as concepts are taught and mastered. This makes it great for teaching, simple for review, and even makes it easy for your child to review on his or her own. The teacher’s manual is concise but thorough, giving step-by-step instructions. It guides you as you teach reading and spelling. Turn your reluctant reader to an eager reader. Join the ranks of parents and teachers who’ve found the fun and effective way to teach reading.


4. Who developed this curriculum?

Judy Masrud is a pioneer in the homeschooling field from northwest Wisconsin, and has taught for over 21 years. Seeing children in private and public schools become frustrated with workbooks, trying to sit still, falling behind, and becoming discouraged, she saw the need for a new type of phonics curriculum.  She put together all the essential and fun stuff necessary to teach reading effectively, creating Ringbound Reading™. Judy is author of SECOND CHANCE – A Tale of Two Puppies, and several other children’s stories. She lives with her husband, Kevin, and family in northwest Wisconsin. They have three grown children, Kevin, Angela, and Dänika, all of whom were homeschooled and have since moved out of the house, gone on to university, and established their own place in the world. The Masruds have two teenagers still living at home – Robert and Joseph. Also present are two dogs, two cats, and occasionally the grandpuppy.


5. What is the 'Set of 69 Replacement Picture Cards'?

Sixty-nine of the cards in the Complete Ringbound Reading Curriculum are picture cards, the only part of the curriculum that is consumable. Those 69 cards include the Alphabet Cards and other cards which contain pictures your student may want to color. Because there may be another child who will inherit the Ringbound Reading program, we have made additional sets of the 69 picture cards available to purchase, so you can restore your Complete Ringbound Reading Curriculum to use with another child.

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