First Start Reading is a complete phonics course that focuses on 3 important skills: 1) pencil grip and correct letter formation, 2) mastering one sound for each consonant and vowel first, and 3) mastering short and long vowel sounds, 3-letter words, consonant blends, long vowel teams, soft c and g, three sounds of y, and 67 common words. FSR teaches vowel/consonant blending and word families, eliminating the need for most phonics rules. Your child will learn by blending, tracing, and printing words. Most students begin reading sentences in the very first lesson! Once the student has mastered the basic phonics in the FSR series, he is ready to continue reading progress with real literature.