The Up-Words Reading® program is an early literacy program
that teaches students to read and spell, using four key areas of instruction.
The four key areas include:
- Phonological awareness – Students are taught
phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, and letter-sound
correspondence. With these skills, they learn to decode (read) and encode
(spell) phonetic words. Explicit and systematic instruction of the skills,
coupled with recurring multisensory drills, provides students with a strong
- Sight word instruction - Students are taught to
recognize and spell sight words using multi-sensory methods to build a
strong visual memory of the words. Students learn to recognize and read
these words both in and out of context.
- Syllabication - Using systematic and explicit
instruction, coupled with multi-sensory activities and drills, students
learn and internalize effective strategies for reading and spelling longer
- High-quality literature - high-quality children's
books are woven into daily lesson plans as teacher-read stories. As students
listen to and engage in stories that are read aloud, they build auditory
comprehension. Additionally, the Up-Words Reading® Decodable Readers provide
students an opportunity to read independently. The readers are exclusive to
the program, and they are matched with target skills. Students never
encounter a word they haven't been previously taught.
What you'll like about the Up-Words Reading®
- Of utmost importance, the program is
effective. That's because Up-Words Reading® uses
time-proven/research-proven practices for literacy instruction.
- Up-Words Reading® is a complete early
literacy program – you get everything you need to teach your child reading,
writing and spelling. And you do get A LOT! For instance, in LEVEL 0, you
get 399 phonic word cards and 51 readers. In LEVEL 3 you get over 700
student workbook pages! And by the way – the workbooks are great!
- Each component of the reading program works
in conjunction with the others – they are truly integrated. You'll
appreciate this – as the learning process just makes sense.
- The readers follow a recurring cast of
characters through linear storylines which often span multiple books. The
flow is good – again, it makes sense.
- The readers are engaging. Some stories are
humorous (Dad and the Dog), others are relatable (Gus at the Vet), and
others teach values (One for God).
- The readers maintain vocabulary integrity -
students are never asked to read a word they have not previously been taught
to decode or identify. This means your child isn't going to get "stuck" or
discouraged when she comes across words she isn't familiar with.
- The Up-Words Reading® program works in a
variety of settings – at home, or in a co-op.
- You can purchase the program in a print
format or as a download – whichever works best for your family. Options are
always a plus!
- It's a graduated program with levels. If you
like LEVEL 0, it's an easy transition to LEVEL 1. This means continuity for
your child. And it's good news for you - you don't have to spend hours
searching for new curriculum. I like programs that grow with my child. Don't
- The company offers tutorials. That's always
The Up-Words Reading® program offers four different and graduated levels of
instruction. Because of this, at least one (if not all of the levels) will work
for your child. Following, is info regarding the levels:
LEVEL 0 is designed for the first-time reader with alphabet familiarity. LEVEL 0
- Establishes a strong foundation of the
alphabetic principle, including letter-sound correspondence for all
consonant letters, short vowel sounds and consonant digraphs.
- Teaches reading and spelling through the use
of multi-sensory activities and decodable readers.
- Teaches sight recognition for reading and
spelling, including 40+ necessary non-phonetic sight words.
LEVEL 1 is designed for the student with a mastery of single syllable, short
vowel words. LEVEL 1-
- Uses multi-sensory activities and decodable
readers to teach students consonant blends, basic spelling rules, and the
most common long vowel sounds and spellings.
- Establishes a foundation in syllabication
for analyzing, reading and spelling multi-syllabic words.
- Introduces the most common suffixes and the
concept of root words and suffixes.
- Continues multi-sensory instruction for
reading and spelling of over 70 non-phonetic sight words.
LEVEL 2 teaches single syllable rule patterns while also introducing
multi-syllable patterns. This level -
- Trains students to rely on their
understanding of syllabication to decode multi-syllabic words.
- Teaches multiple spellings of long vowel
sounds as well as vowel diphthongs.
- Continues multi-sensory instruction for
reading and spelling many non-phonetic sight words.
- Builds a foundation of morphology for
reading and spelling words with prefixes and suffixes, along with common
LEVEL 3 explores prefixes and suffixes
while finalizing spellings of long vowel sounds. LEVEL
- Provides a detailed exploration of
morphology for reading and spelling words with prefixes and suffixes.
- Provides a detailed introduction to
All of the levels include the following:
- Teacher's Manual
- Student Workbook
- Decodable Reader Series (many books)
- Resource Kit
- Progress Manual
The Up-Words Reading® Teacher's Manual provides step-by-step directions for the
parent to walk their student through daily lesson activities. Each day's lesson
activities are carefully designed to train the student to internalize and use
the phonetic code, automatically recognize sight words, and enjoy and understand
high-quality literature. You can view a sample of each manual here -
Level 0 Teacher Manual
1 Teacher Manual
Level 2 Teacher Manual
3 Teacher Manual
The Up-Words Reading® Student
Workbooks are designed to be used in close conjunction with the Teacher's
Manual. They include a lot of info! You can view a sample of each workbook here
0 Student Workbook
Level 1 Student Workbook
Level 2 Student Workbook Level
3 Student Workbook
The Up-Words Reading® Decodable Readers are a set of books that provide practice
with each new phonetic sound and sight word introduced in the program. The
readers are aligned with the specific skills targeted in each daily Up-Words
Reading® lesson. In addition, age-appropriate comprehension questions are
included to help home educators target memory and sequencing skills. You can
view a sample of the readers here -
Level 0 Decodable Reader Level
1 Decodable Reader Level
2 Decodable Reader Level
3 Decodable Reader
The Up-words Reading® Resource Kit includes all of the materials necessary to
carry out daily multi-sensory drills. These include phonics cards, word cards,
letter tiles and more. Homeschoolers love manipulatives!
The Up-Words Reading® Progress Manual includes weekly Progress Checks, as
well as periodic Progress Assessments. With these tools, parents can
monitor and track to see if their student has internalized and is using key
skills. You can view sample pages here -
Level 0 Progress Manual
1 Progress Manual
Level 2 Progress Manual
3 Progress Manual
Teaching your child to read? With the Up-Words Reading® program you can
your child's flame of passion for reading."