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A Phonics Curriculum which empowers
           ...beginning, reluctant, struggling and gifted readers.
Making Reading HeavenlyReading First: A publication from the National Department of Education states that teaching students to read using explicit phonics strategies is imperative to ensure reading success for all students.  Making Reading Heavenly gives you the needed background for such phonics instruction, while providing you with lesson plans, word lists and games to make learning to read easy and fun!

 Making Reading Heavenly provides you with the tools you need to enable students to find success when reading and spelling. This program has fused many different educational programs together to create this system.  We are confident that this strategy will be successful with any child you are working with who has an average or above IQ.

* Making Reading Heavenly takes a different approach to teaching reading and spelling. 

For example, most curricula push spelling lists to help those who struggle with spelling. However, research shows that spelling lists are not the answer for most of the struggling spellers out there.  In these classic scenarios, words are practiced for 3 to 4 days at home and then quickly forgotten in weeks to come. When asked in 6 weeks how to spell list words, they are often spelled incorrectly again.  

*The Making Reading Heavenly curriculum provides rules for the child so that weeks down the road the child can spell many words correctly based on an application of rules and syllable types rather than pure memorization. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  If you have the choice would you choose to have your child to memorize 100 words OR to memorize 100 rules and sound spellings? Think about the end result for each choice. If you choose to have your child memorize 100 words, your child will be able to spell 100 words.  If you choose to have your child memorize 100 rules and sound-spellings, your child will be able to spell any phonetic word in our language. Making Reading Heavenly equips children with the phonics rules and Six Types of Syllables will enable them to be successful in both reading and spelling. 

Another benefit of this program is that when you create a student who can spell, typically you create a good reader! When you read a word you rent it, and when you spell a word you own it! 

The beauty about this approach is that you do not need to purchase some expensive reading series. We have tried to make this program very inexpensive for both schools and home-school families. You can use books from the public library to help your child gain reading success.  Making Reading Heavenly allows you to do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with initially. If you are satisfied with your spelling, reading or writing program, you may keep what you have and simply use this as a word attack (phonics) system. 

However, at some point to be the most effective, you may find yourself writing your own spelling, vocabulary, and phonics lists. You can use words for reading and spelling that come from units that you teach in science or social studies. This is an excellent way to help ensure a student's success by including and supporting the reading, vocabulary and spelling within each subject.

Making Reading Heavenly is a successful program that really works, because it is a program that engages the students. It can be used in a competitive format to motivate kids.  This creates an exciting journey that provides students with great skills, solid self-concepts and a life-long love of reading.

One other thing that I need to mention is that this program will work for learners of all ages. 

This program can be used with multiple age groups.  Portions of it can be used with preschoolers to give them a solid base of knowledge and if the child is interested, start them reading. Typically if you are working with a kindergarten, first or second grade child you will be able to use this as your primary phonics/spelling curriculum.  If you have children with learning disabilities or struggling readers at any age, you can individualize the program and adapt it to older students by changing the words you select.  When working with older learners, simply pick multi-syllable words for them to write from the word lists so they will not think of it as too easy. 

Our newest addition that we are very excited about, is Writing With Rhythm! This multi-sensory handwriting program uses a metronome beat to teach and reinforce fluent handwriting.  The manuscript portion includes whole-body video links so young learners learn while moving!  The cursive portion provides skywriting links allowing students to practice forming letters while watching!  Both of our programs incorporate "Squiggles".  These pre-writing forms are labeled to enable teachers to use verbal prompts if the student is struggling.  

In addition, I also would like to offer you my personal e-mail.  If you have any questions about anything concerning the Making Reading Heavenly program, please feel free to contact me.  If at any time you get confused or just need a simple answer to a question, email me and I will respond as quickly as possible.  I want to help you and your child or classroom be successful! Contact me at

Making Reading Heavenly
       ©2010 by Cathy Angel

*We have had many inquiries as to whether our program is a scientific, researched-based program.                Making Reading Heavenly is a collection of Scientifically Research-Based principles, practices, strategies,       and content.

*We do consider Making Reading Heavenly a program that employs promising practices based on Orton-Gillingham strategies.  In April, 2014 the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 2319 recognizing Dyslexia as a learning disability in Iowa.  Orton-Gillingham is the suggested educational method University of Iowa doctors recommend when a child is diagnosed with dyslexia.  The foundation of Making Reading Heavenly and its techniques are based on Orton-Gillingham instructional strategies.  

*We feel this program is the best choice for all students, as not only does it allow the struggling reader to be successful, it also allows a gifted child to advance independently at a boundless pace.   Making Reading Heavenly might also be a curriculum to consider if your school has a growing ELL population, as several schools across Iowa have found this program has given them great success with ELL students.            
Is Making Reading Heavenly a Researched-based program?