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Accelerate Reading Growth

Build a solid foundation in phonics and help K–2 students become successful readers.

Systematic, Explicit, Research-Based Phonics Instruction

Saxon Phonics & Spelling was built to explicitly teach phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency in a way that’s supported by scientific research and has been proven effective by years of classroom success.

  • Effective Science-Based Instruction

    Effective Science-Based Instruction

    Saxon’s approach to teaching phonics and spelling concepts is based on foundational research in the science of reading and cognitive science. Ongoing reading assessments monitor progress and ensure knowledge sticks.

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    Proven to Drive Student Growth

    A study conducted by PRES Associates, Inc. showed that students using Saxon demonstrated significant gains in reading, phonics, and spelling. The program also works for speakers of languages other than English and special education students.

  • Motivational Learning Experiences

    Motivational Learning Experiences

    Explicit instruction, a multisensory approach to learning, multiple small- and whole-group activities, hands-on games, and active learning opportunities provide students with various opportunities to build foundational skills.

Saxon Phonics & Spelling has provided a missing piece of our curricular puzzle on our elementary campuses. We now have a legitimately balanced reading instructional plan across our district that is proving to accelerate the literacy growth of our students.

Dr. Laurie Wells

Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator
Jacksonville ISD, TX

Built-In Tools to Support Instruction and Build Foundational Skills

  • Texts Students Want to Read

    Texts Students Want to Read

    Decodable Readers allow students to practice reading with confidence, while Fluency Readers give each child many opportunities to practice during whole-group reading instruction or independent reading time. Controlled vocabulary is used throughout the program so students are able to achieve automaticity.

  • Multisensory Practice and Dyslexia Support

    Multisensory Practice and Dyslexia Support

    Saxon Phonics & Spelling provides multisensory instruction to support all learning modalities and aligns with the Orton-Gillingham approach for differentiated reading instruction. All students, including those with dyslexia, receive support for ongoing success.

  • Embedded Social and Emotional Learning

    Embedded Social and Emotional Learning

    Not only do students learn the foundational reading skills they needed to become confident readers, they also get practice learning to manage their behavior through integrated classroom-management behavioral supports.

  • Integrated Phonics, Spelling, and Handwriting Instruction

    Integrated Phonics, Spelling, and Handwriting Instruction

    The relationship between reading and writing is vital to building early literacy skills. Saxon makes it easy to simultaneously teach phonics, spelling, and handwriting using a structured literacy approach with built-in instructional supports.

  • Incremental Learning and Controlled Practice

    Incremental Learning and Controlled Practice

    Explicit, systematic instruction given in small increments provides multiple opportunities for exposure. Teachers can review student progress daily, allowing them to know what students have mastered and where they might need additional support.

  • Differentiation in Every Lesson

    Differentiation in Every Lesson

    Targeted, small-group activities support students who are striving, on-target, or need an extra challenge, by providing an additional focus on skills that were taught during the lesson.

Science of Reading-Aligned Assessment, Screening, Tutoring, and Instruction

Phonics and spelling instruction just got a boost with Amira Learning + Saxon Phonics & Spelling. Start with Amira Learning’s oral reading fluency assessment. Then, use Amira’s recommendations for each student to teach or re-teach Saxon Phonics & Spelling content.

  • Science of Reading Saxon Phonics and Spelling

    Only Amira Learning + Saxon Phonics & Spelling provide:

    • Proven efficacy via an ESSA-strong evidence base
    • Student-specific content recommendations for print and digital
    • Lesson scripting and AI-tutoring that supports new and returning teachers

Professional Learning with Saxon Phonics & Spelling

From Getting Started courses to online coaching videos, on-demand professional support helps you discover new strategies for teaching.

  • Guided Implementation

    Implementation support begins with a district-scheduled Getting Started session that shows teachers how to get started with Saxon Phonics & Spelling.

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  • Teacher's Corner®

    Teacher's Corner on Ed offers yearlong access to professional learning, with live events and on-demand content that support teachers in implementing programs, organizing classrooms, and learning best practices.

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  • Coaching Membership and Courses

    Get personalized learning support from experienced coaches, delivered live online or in person, to track teacher goals.

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  • Leader Support

    Leaders receive targeted support to drive innovation and navigate challenges within their district.

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Accelerate student phonics, spelling, and reading growth.

Insights and Resources

Stay updated on our reading curriculum with the latest articles, research, and webinars.

  • Reading Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

    Reading Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

    Discover evidence-based strategies to help improve the reading skills of students with dyslexia so they can achieve school success.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

  • What Is the Science of Reading? Top 5 Questions

    What Is the Science of Reading? Top 5 Questions

    HMH's research team answers commonly asked questions about the science of reading to help educators apply its principles in their classrooms.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

  • Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

    Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

    Teaching foundational reading skills is one of the most important goals of early grade and reading intervention teachers. Learn more about the key foundational reading skills and other literacy skills students need to become proficient.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

  • Elementary School Learning Activities

    Elementary School Learning Activities

    Use these educational activities for elementary school to explore different topics in reading, math, and science and add an element of fun into your lessons.

    Shaped Staff

  • 8 Elements of Reading & Literacy Instruction

    8 Elements of Reading & Literacy Instruction

    These eight elements of reading and literacy instruction can serve as the foundation of an effective literacy program.

    Francie Alexander
    Chief Research Officer, HMH

  • The Causes of Reading Difficulties and How to Help Students Who Have Them

    Presented by Dr. Devin Kearns, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

  • The Science of Reading: Applying What We Know and Navigating What We Don’t

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Clemens, Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas.

  • Leadership Strategies for Early Dyslexia Identification and Intervention

    Presented by Dr. Suzanne Jimenez, Director, Academic Planning and Analytics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Moderated by Tyler Schlagenhauf, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Accelerate student phonics, spelling, and reading growth.