From Kelly Rowlingson - The Author of A Step at a Time
I became aware of synthetic
phonics when I began teaching my five year old son how to read at
home. As a child (and later as an adult), I lacked confidence
and interest in literacy and was determined to ensure that my own
children did not have to experience the same fate.
After researching all the different methods and deciding that synthetic
phonics was the way forward, I began using Mona McNee's programme,
Step by Step*, in combination with my own worksheets to teach
My son entered school at six with a love of books, reading years
above his chronological age. His teacher was astounded with
his ability to decode new words, so much so that his school now
uses A Step at a Time for all new students. It has
been rewarding to help my son's school make the change from teaching
mixed methods to synthetic phonics and I continue to volunteer there.
Equally rewarding has been giving local parents the tools and courage
to teach their own children to read and spell confidently.
Due to the positive results, word has spread quickly and there is
an increasing demand for copies of my worksheets and resources.
Making the products
available online has been an exciting step which I hope will make
a difference to the number of children who struggle unnecessarily
I am continuously inventing
new resources to meet the varying needs and interests of our children
so do visit our site often to see what the new additions are. We
also welcome feedback about our products, our services, any recommendations
or comments you may have.
About the UK's Mona
McNee - The Author of Step by Step*
Mona's relationship with phonics began after seeing the reading
progress of her son, Tim, who has Down's syndrome, stunted by 'progressive'
teaching methods. Untrained, she took matters into her own
hands and found that, by using a simple, structured programme of
phonics she could teach Tim to read herself.
Her achievements with Tim led her to switch from teaching Geography
and Economics to teaching failed readers and dyslexics using traditional
phonic methods - and to great success.
She retired in 1981 and by now has taught well over 400 dyslexics,
plus other young children and adults.
Mona's curriculum can be obtained for free online through this link.