First Steps is the first step in a child’s reading education. It provides beginning readers with a solid foundation in understanding how print works.

  • The book bridges the gap between phonemic awareness (an understanding that words are made up of sounds) and beginning reading.
  • Children learn to write each new letter as they learn its sound.
  • Each new sound is immediately used to read and spell words. This is different from conventional instruction in which the 26 sounds of the alphabet are taught in isolation before they are used in real words.
  • First Steps can be used with any beginning reading program.

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