The Nelson Phonics-in-a-Box approach
Nelson Phonics-in-a-Box 1 introduces the 26 alphabet letters (graphemes) that are used to construct the 44 common speech sounds (phonemes) that make up the English language. Box 1 focuses on the letter–sound relationships in five small collections of letters. These letter sets have been purposefully sequenced to enable students to build upon their phoneme–grapheme correspondences quickly, and to blend two and three phonemes together to make many simple VC (vowel-consonant) and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.
Nelson Phonics-in-a-Box 2 focuses on consonant sounds, including double consonants, consonant digraphs, consonant blends and onset and rime. The learning concentrates on blending, segmenting and manipulating sounds to reinforce understanding of these common sounds in words.
Nelson Phonics-in-a-Box 3 explicitly introduces short and long vowel phonemes and graphemes, including irregular vowel sounds.