This page has been totally re-worked. If you click on the following link, you can get the most current phonics information in the program called Zeb and Deb Phonics. Click on the following link to get these phonics articles.
Zeb and Deb Phonics
Welcome to Zeb and Deb Phonics created by professional storyteller and certified K-8 teacher, Debbie Dunn. She is also the K-8 Classroom Activities Examiner for icedjamb.com. Here’s the link that includes math, nature studies, creative writing, reading comprehension, and other activities and lessons:
K-8 Classroom Activities Examiner for icedjamb.com
This site will provide free stories, worksheets, videos, and lesson plans based on the various phonograms.
If you visit this site, you can click on the links to visit each phonogram page:
Debbie Dunn taught Pre-First (students who graduated kindergarten but were not yet ready for first grade) during the 1983-1984 and the 1984-1985 school years. She used very similar activities during that time period.
Since that time, she created the Zeb and Deb puppets and began developing stories and lessons that would help further develop students’ word-attack skills. Then, life got in the way and a few years passed. Currently, the time is right for Debbie to continue what she started all those many years ago. This is written for the benefit of other busy teachers out there who need readily-available lessons to bring into the classroom. This is also a resource that Debbie may also use should she decide to return to classroom teaching in the future.
Long ago background information
One of the reasons Debbie Dunn feels so extra passionate about phonics is based on a long ago situation. She attended first grade in a school in Rochester, New York, that emphasized the sight word reading approach. The books used were the Dick and Jane reading series written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp. The students were simply expected to memorize each word as it was presented. Unfortunately, Debbie’s brain did not work that way. She was in the lowest reading group because Debbie was not able to learn to read.
She still recalls receiving two Dr. Seuss books for her first-grade year Christmas: The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks. With the exception of the words ‘the’ and ‘a’, Debbie could not read them. This was very upsetting as she ached to read those two books without help.
Debbie’s family moved to Pittsford, New York on the outskirts of Rochester for her second- and third-grade years. The phonics approach for learning to read was employed. That fit Debbie’s learning style beautifully. She finally learned to read. After that, she practically ate books alive. She could not get enough of reading.
Reading is still one of Debbie’s greatest loves to this day.
Although Debbie is aware that not all students learn to read through employing the phonetic approach of sounding out words, she feels strongly that the majority of them do. She hopes that this Zeb and Deb Phonics program will prove to be helpful to most of them. As for those students who learn best through the whole-word reading approach, she hopes that the stories will at least prove to be entertaining.
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