Below is an annotated list of the books I have published. I will explain why I published them and why I think they are among the best teaching tools available anywhere today. Just click on the title to purchase the book from Amazon.
1. Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics for First Grade and Blend Phonics Fluency Drills. This is my paperback edition of Hazel Logan Loring’s 1980 phonics masterpiece. It can be used for whole class, small group, or individual teaching. I first published it as a free ebook in 2003. I decided in 2015 to publish the 25 page pamphlet along with my Blend Phonics Fluency Drills as a handy 6x9 paperback. Although the title mentions first grade, I have found it effective for older elementary students, teens, and even adults. This program teaches all 44 English speech sounds and the major spelling patterns in 45 Units of study. The stories include all 220 Dolch List sight-words, but taught with phonics and NOT look-say techniques. If you want your students to be able to identify the 220 Dolch List sight-words with lightening speed and flawless accuracy, this is the book to use. Directional guidance is built into the program, making it especially helpful with students with a tendency toward dyslexia. It can be taught in the first four months of first grade.
2. Blend Phonics Lessons and Stories. This book is my pride and joy. It follows the same Scope and Sequence as Blend Phonics above. There are 62 decodable stories, each accompanied by four comprehension questions (teaching eight comprehension skills: 5 literal and 3 inferential) and a list of spelling words for each story to reinforce the phonics patterns. I have used it with many students.
3. Blend Phonics Timed Fluency Drills. This is designed as a supplement to the Blend Phonics reading method.. Speeds are calibrated for every grade from kindergarten through eight-grade. Students with dyslexia will benefit greatly from working daily with these drills and attaining their calibrated speeds through brief daily practice. Read "Fluency: Achieving True Mastery in the Learning Process" by Carl Binder, E. Haughton, and B. Bateman to understand the value of the drills.
4. Beyond Blend Phonics: English Morphology Made Easy. This book is designed to teach the Anglo-Saxon, Romance (Latin & French) and Greek Levels of English. To better understand the principles behind this book, read Marcia K. Henry’s brilliant essay “Organizing Decoding Instruction .” Mrs. Henry was a past president of the Orton Dyslexia Society and author of several outstanding books on literacy and dyslexia. This book is for more advanced students who desire to increase their vocabulary and reading levels. There are 731 word in the program. One fifth grader recently finished the book and improved on my informal reading inventory from middle this to independent fifth grade.
5. Word Mastery: Phonics for the First Three Grades. This is my large print edition of Florence Akin’s 1913 phonics masterpiece. This book was in print till the late 1990’s. It was used extensively by dyslexia teachers. In fact, it was given to all of Anna Gillingham's and Bessie Stillman’s dyslexia teachers as part of their teaching equipment. Dr. Marcia K. Henry tells me that she used it with lots of struggling readers beginning in 1958. I used it last year to teach a small group of 2nd grade tutoring students at my school. The results were outstanding. The children wrote all the words in wide-lined spiral notebooks in cursive. The book is a complete course in phonics including pictures for teaching the sounds represented by the letters. I also published a cursive edition of the book: Word Mastery Cursive: Phonics for the First Three Grades. As far as I know, this is the only phonics program available in cursive.
6. First Readers Anthology. This is an anthology of decodable readers for first through sixth grades. It was first designed to be used with the late Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics beginning primer. It can be used with any phonics reading program that begins with the short vowels. These stories are among the best decodable stories ever written. Every parent with young children should have a copy. I have published a large print cursive edition of this book, First Readers Anthology: Cursive Edition. This is a great book for helping students to read cursive fluently.
7. Wise Owl Polysyllables: Advanced Reading Skills for Young Children. This very unique book represents what may prove to be my major contribution to reading instruction. This book teaches 936 multisyllabic words based on five groups of spelling patterns taught in a progressive manner. The first group, for example, consists of 137 multisyllabaic words consisting of only 20 phonograms. (A phonograms is a letter or combination of letters used to represent an English speech sound.) The words are divided into syllables and illustrated with interesting sentences and clear definitions. It is designed for young children who have successfully finished a good phonics program like Blend Phonics or Word Mastery. I have used it with students as young as first grade. It enabled them to increase their grade level reading ability by several grade levels in a very short time.
8. Playmates: A Primer: This beautiful reader was first published by Margaret Winifred Halliburton in 1906. It uses only 192 words, but is an intriguing book for young children and has a good storyline about children on the farm and two friends from the city who come to spend time with them in the country. It would be a great first-reader for children after a good start in basics phonics. It would also be a wonderful read aloud book for children. You children will fall in love with May, Nell, Will and their friends.
9. Psalms Reader: For Teaching Twenty-First Century Children to Read Fluently and Worship their Creator. This is the first book I published (Nov. 25, 2012). It was something of an experiment to see if I could figure out on my own how to publish with CreateSpace. Basically it is a selection of metrical psalms from the 1650 Scottish Psalter that I considered appropriate for young children. The words are divided into syllable like modern hymn books. This is what William Shakespeare would have read as a youth on his way to literary fame.
10. A Grammar of of the Greek New Testament for Beginners. I am listing this book last because it will be of interest only to adults who would like to learn or review New Testament Greek. It was written by the late Dr. J. W. Roberts, professor of N. T. Greek at the Abilene Christian College (now University) in Abilene, TX. I am working on a Spanish translation.