Step by step
A day-by-day programme
of systematic, synthetic phonics
for all ages
Readers' Responses to Step by Step: Teach Your Child to Read With Phonics
Mona McNee's phonic system of teaching was originally tested in an embryonic version of
"As a specialist teacher for SPLD (Special education in learning difficulties) I have yet to find a clearer, more balanced and approachable programme."
Maggie Ford, SE London, UK.
"After twenty years of teaching reading, I have just read ‘Step by Step' and must say it was wonderful to find a book so full of common sense and practical guidance."
Sandra Hart, Hassocks, UK.
"My daughter and I have been working through ‘Step by Step' for about one month and the improvement in her writing, spelling and all round confidence has been very impressive. I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful book."
Grace Quaye, Fareham, UK.
"I am part of a collective of home educating parents and since one of our parents discovered your book, two children with chronic dyslexia have made tremendous progress . . . Needless to say, children without reading problems have made excellent progress and the schools inspector was impressed with the general standard of reading. We have no hesitation in recommending your book."
Alexandra Harley, SE London, UK.
"I have been living in Germany for the past 3½ years and have used the phonic method of reading for both my boys, now aged 4.10 years and 6.7 years. We are now back in the UK and both boys are well advanced in their reading skills compared to their contemporaries . . . why do teachers shy away from such a good teaching method, Mrs McNee?"
Mrs Watson, Buckinghamshire, UK.
"I started with my daughter . . . when she was not quite 4½ years old. We worked through your book and by the time she was five she could read quite well. By November (age 5¼) she was reading anything and everything."
Mrs P Price, Hertfordshire, UK.
"Your book has helped me to understand how to teach Ian, who has found classroom teaching difficult to understand . . . I feel sad and frustrated that this simple and common sense way of teaching isn't being taught at schools. If it were, I feel every child would have a chance."
Mrs A Birks, Scarborough, UK.
"We have found that Mrs. McNee's reading manual provides a very useful reference point for all teachers, but particularly for those who are newly qualified. It has also proved helpful to non-qualified assistants working in the early years' setting. Parents too have used the book to support the reading development of their children . . . Our school results have shown that children have benefitted from their involvement in Mrs. McNee's approach to reading and we unreservedly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in this vital area of educational development."
M C Dalton, Headteacher of Southmead Primary School, Merseyside, UK.
"You will not believe how excited I was when I saw this book in a bookshop in Lusaka! My mother tells me I literally taught my self to read at the age of 4 just from watching programmes like Sesame street, and I have been an avid reader all my life with literally no problems in spelling because of the PHONIC system. I have used it to help my own children improve their reading skills, but never quite thought of taking up the teaching of reading until last year. I loved your book and it reinforced what I had believed all these years. Thank you for writing such a useful guide."
Mrs Lumba Kalumba, Lusaka, Zambia.