Toe By Toe
Toe By Toe is a systematic page-by-page and step-by-step series of activities in one book, delivered one-to-one, with instructions for the ‘coach’ provided for each activity. It deliberately takes learners right back to the beginning of phonics and works up from there, based on the observation that many learners with difficulties seem never to have got the hang of phonics. Many of the stimuli are taught using non-words, in order to focus learners’ attention solely on decoding and avoid guessing based on any other ‘cue’. These rules can then be applied to any multi-syllabic word. It is intended that learner and coach should work through the entire scheme, however long that takes, and then graduate to simple reading books.
Toe By Toe has not been included in any systematic reviews into the effectiveness of educational programmes.