Hanson Reading Phonics CHART 1
Chart 1 is all about recognizing the letter NAMES (notice we did not say sounds). Realizing what shapes make up the alphabet and that they each have a name is the first step prior to reading. We recommend learning the UPPERCASE first and then lowercase letters NAMES.
(Learning the SOUNDS these letters make will come next on Chart 2.)
Yes, you will be reading chapter books by Chart 8, but you have to start somewhere, and the beginning is the best place to start.
My kid is older, do I need to practice Chart 1?
For older children who know Letter NAMES well, check your child on the requirements for
Chart 1. If your child is proficient, then move on to Chart 2, but teach your child the Prompt for
Chart 1. The Prompt for Chart 1 is the Alphabet song. Doing a quick review of this Chart will reveal if a child is missing any recognition of the Letter Names. If they've got it- move on.
Prepare for Chart Reviews
As your child progresses through the Charts and learns to apply the Chart skills, Hanson
Reading reinforces the concepts learned on each Chart by reviewing them at the beginning of
each lesson. This is what Hanson Reading calls Chart Reviews.
At the Chart 1 Level, there is not much to review, but begin to establish a quick Chart Review by
asking the student:
“What do you learn on Chart 1?” Letter NAMES
“What if I forget a letter’s NAME, what do I do?” Prompt for Chart 1: Sing the ABC Song.
Your child needs to be able to answer these questions for each Chart. By doing a Chart Review
at each lesson, students are learning to file the information being learned in their brains so
they can find it more easily.