Through The Firefly Reading Series, learners are guided into the application of newly acquired sound skills to attach those sounds to the Roman alphabet. They are assisted by metaphorical guides, Firefly and Chubbs the Bulldog, in the journey of understanding English stories. Firefly Takes Off is the first of NDA2’s five-book reading series which leads learners to competently recognize and utilize the 43 sound of English and the 250 most common English words in textbooks. Within these five books, learners start by attaching sounds to letters until they achieve the ability to read at least 100 words correctly per minute with 95% accuracy.
In this first book of The Firefly Reading Series, students are presented with the standardization of English cemented through high frequency words, sound and letter practice, and the introduction of how to string English sounds together (using sound cards) to build English words. In the following four books, Firefly incrementally reveals and provides exercises for sounds, high frequency words, affixes, story grammar, and English syntactical patterns. The learner is now to prepared to read, write and speak English narratives (beginning, middle, and end). The reading programs help build the comprehension, vocabulary, cognitive and affective filters to process English thoughts and ideas.
This book is intended to before the New Directions Phonics and Early Writing Course (including the Sounds of English Teacher Book, Sounds of English Student Textbook, Sounds of English Workbook, and the Chubbs Sound Cards). The remaining books of The Firefly Reading Series are intended to be used after the New Directions Phonics and Early Writing Course.