Teach the World to Read - free learn-to-read phonics program

“Education is not the filling of a pail ... but the lighting of a fire.”

Teach the World to Read provides an evidence-based, successful reading program for early readers - Grades 2 & 3.

It is free for Aid Agencies and Charities.

"Fantastic Phonics" has been tested several times, most recently by USAID, in Liberia. In its Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) program (2008-2010), Fantastic Phonics was tested in 700 schools. Based on the extraordinary results gained with the project, the EGRA Plus project was expanded to more than 2000 schools in 2012.
Research Summary: compared to their peers, the children using Fantastic Phonics gained ...

• 400% general reading improvement
• 1.9 school years jump in phonemic awareness,
• 1.8 school years jump in familiar word reading,
• 8.0 years jump in unfamiliar word fluency,
• 1.9 years jump in oral reading fluency,
• 2.0 years jump in reading comprehension, and
• 1.8 years jump in listening comprehension.

Core Benefits of Fantastic Phonics
a tested learn-to-read program which "begins at the beginning" and assumes no reading knowledge
it assumes no cultural or religious background, or geographic location
60 stories that gradually cover the phonics elements required for reading
consistent style and phonics approach makes it easier for children and teachers
detailed teacher guides for each story
engaging, humorous stories which are fun to read
downloadable PDFs which can be printed or photocopied at low cost (black and white)
Free for Aid Agencies and Charities

Vital reading for anyone involved in literacy

Download the final USAID research report

Download the EGRA Plus: Teacher Manual – Volume 1

Download the EGRA Plus: Teacher Manual – Volume 2

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Free Reading Program, Rwanda

Teach the World to Read was set up 8 years ago with the explicit intention to provide a free reading resource to children in under-privileged communities around the world.

During that time, nearly one million downloads of the material have been made, and it has been distributed to more than 300,000 children in schools in Africa, in Government funded and researched literacy interventions.

If you are a charity, or a school in a developing community , you can register for the free program. Find out how here.

Research Results

Liberian Outcomes
A large scale, 2 year intervention program was conducted in Liberia, in 2008-2010. Research showed that children involved in the Program (which used Fantastic Phonics)  gained decoding ability at an improvement of 580% over children not using the program.

1.9 school years jump in phonemic awareness,
1.8 school years jump in familiar word reading,
8.0 years jump in unfamiliar word fluency,
1.9 years jump in oral reading fluency,
2.0 years jump in reading comprehension. Read more.

Partners

A rapidly growing list of partners are assisting Teach the World to Read to reach our target of 1 million children.