Phonics Songs plus with songs by Donny and Marie Osmond for children with reading difficulties

The author explains why teaching phonics with songs has advantages over teaching traditional phonics, especially for children with reading difficulties.

One of the reasons reading scores are so low is that we are missing a fundamental step in teaching reading, and that is not phonics.

— Matthew Glavach

CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA, USA, Oct. 1, 2022 / — A freshman study using songs and chants showed significant improvement in reading and attitude scores during
traditional phonetics. The study: “The effects of singing and psalmody
on the Reading Achievement and Attitudes of First Graders” was a completed doctoral dissertation at Clemson University.

The author of this article Matthew Glavach, Ph.D. describes how using songs to teach phonics benefits reading programs and describes how his program helps children read, especially children with reading difficulties, and the power that music and songs can have for learning.

The author’s program PHONICS SONGS plus levels one and two is based on original instructional song lyrics written by the author with music and songs by Donny and Marie Osmond. PHONICS SONGS plus has important phonics skills built into each song and hundreds of high-frequency reading words (sight words) appropriate for first and second graders. Songs have advantages over traditional songs
phonics, and most importantly, it’s fun and it works.

One difficulty with using songs for reading is that children often memorize the songs and the words are in sequential memory. The author uses a finger-reading activity with each song that allows students to quickly identify words by putting the words in long-term memory and available for reading. One difficulty with songs on a computer screen is that many children cannot follow the bouncing ball. Children must point
Each word.

One of the reasons reading scores are so low is that we lack a
fundamental step in the teaching of reading, and it is not phonics. The
the science of reading points in the direction of phonics, and it works well for
many, but not all.

Traditional phonetics relies primarily on a style of learning, one that many
children may not be ready or react. Children, especially children from disadvantaged or disadvantaged backgrounds, have been found to have underdeveloped or delayed language development and poor auditory discrimination for sounds. Distinguishing sounds is fundamental to learning to read.

Music with lyrics helps develop reading skills. The rhythm of the songs is slower than that of speech and there is more separation of sounds. This helps children develop letter sounds and improves auditory discrimination of sounds. The melody of songs can help develop fluent reading skills. And song lyrics help with language development.

Listening, playing, reading and creating music involves almost every part of the brain. If one path is weak, music can help open others. With practice, songs build stronger connections between the right and left sides of the brain and can lead many to read.

Learning to read takes attention, commitment and repetition, it’s all part of singing.
PHONICS SONGS plus is for all students, including students with reading difficulties and English as a second language. The program is easy to use by parents and teachers and brings fun and joy to reading. For those of us who go back a few years, Donny and Marie bring back great memories. The thirty-three songs include major phonics skills for first and second graders and hundreds of sight words. The program is available on the author’s website for only 14.95 for the songbook and finger reading activities, and 14.95 for the CD with the songs for each level on and Amazon.

Matthew Glavach, Ph.D.
Glavach & Associates,
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