This year, Rocket Phonics will be sending their innovative reading curriculum out to another batch of Crew reviewers. I’d like to share a bit of background information about Rocket Phonics that the Crew has received directly from Maureen Guffanti, President of Rocket Phonics:
A Little Of Rocket Phonics’ History
My husband and I created Rocket Phonics. He is an MD with a passion for both medicine and education, and he’s the genius behind Rocket Phonics. I am a former teacher who saw the need for Rocket Phonics when our daughter (who is now 18, and by third grade read at a high school level) wanted very early to learn to read and then struggled when I tried teaching her using traditional methods.
We finished the first version of Rocket Phonics in 2000. My husband is a very godly man who put out a fleece, saying, “Lord, I will pursue this if it is at least 3 times better than the other methods.” He had UCLA do a study with homeschool children using Rocket Phonics. The 2001 UCLA study found the students using Rocket Phonics learned nearly 4 months of reading skill for every month they used the program, while the students in the control group learned just under one month of reading skill for every month they used their programs!
My husband, Steve, created a website for Rocket Phonics and we waited for people to find us and place their orders. I don’t think we sold one kit the first year. In 2003 we started traveling to homeschool conventions to talk to families and offer Rocket Phonics. Since 2003, we have improved Rocket Phonics and added to it in response to parent feedback and our experience.
I hope you will look at our website and get more information about Rocket Phonics if you get a chance. We also have a yahoo Rocket Phonics group run by one of our enthusiastic parents (a mom of 5), and low-tech videos on You Tube showing how I introduce the sounds in a fun, multi-sensory way to preschoolers.
Rocket Phonics is best used with children ages 4-10, is wonderful for introducing reading, and is also ideal for struggling readers. I hope that you’ll check back and read what the Crew has to say about their experiences with Rocket Phonics.