English – Learning to Read Visually with Unik and Tipi

Learning to read with Unik and Tipi is a new learning method using visual cues for phonics. This helps young readers practice reading two or three-letter combinations that make one sound. The visual cues for the phonics make reading easier and more fun. This also helps to learn spelling patterns for each sound. This visual method is especially useful for dyslexic and strong visual children. It can also help exceptional children and adults with illiteracy.

When to start learning to read with Unik and Tipi ?

Once your learner knows the sound that each letter of the alphabet makes, you may start with « Learning to read with Unik and Tipi ». 

The word learning sheets and texts are free to use for a personal use (like for homeschooling) for learning to read in english, and for teachers in a classroom, their pupils and parents, and childhood professionals (speech therapists, psychologists, doctors, …)

All rights reserved. No commercial use. No changes. No reuse of images, texts, and the reading method without authorization.  Sharing only with reference and link to the website www.uniktipi.com and with reference to the name of the method (« Learning to read visually with Unik and Tipi »).

ee sound like in tree, be, Tipi

Guessing game : Who is Tipi ? Let your pupil guess. Don’t tell the answer. Say « Maybe you’re right … we will have to read more texts to find out ».

You can use the sheets on-line, or print them. The words in the word sheets can be cut out to make a reading game with the word flashcards, where you can play « pick up a word » and « read it ».   

oo sound like in moon, soup, Luke

The texts are put in a logical sequence, each text reusing sounds already studied before. You should follow the sequence.

Say « we can make the oo sound in different ways : oo, o, ou and u. The image for the sound will always be the same : a moon »

y sound like in you, yes and Unik

The letters d, m, and p are emphasized to make reading easier for dyslexics.

  • m has a flamingo flying over it,
  • p with its blue triangle is in perspective,
  • d is filled with blue inside.

The letter q will be emphasized too (see below) when the sound is studied. So this allows to easily distinguish m from n, so as b, d, p and q, which is especially useful when learning to read with a dyslexia.

th sound like in « the » and in « feather »

ea sound like in sea (same image as for the ee sound)

I sound like in I, kite, eye

sh sound like in she, mushroom

ow sound like in snow, boat, goes

ai sound like in rain, day, make

ow, ou sound like in meow, how, our

th sound like in tooth, think

u, o, oe sound like in umbrella, done, does

oo, ou, u sound like in book, could, full

Text to read : Unik is sad

Text to read : Unik is happy

ch, tch sound like in chimp, watch, teach

ur, ir, er, or sound like in turtle, first, her, world

o, oo, aw sound like in fork, door, paw

ear, air, are, ere, eir sound like in bear, fair, dare, there, their

Practice – Text to read : Unik changes

The Colors

The easy one :

Below you really have to read the words. You can have the learner circle the words with the right color or color the background of each word.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Learning to Read the Numbers from 1 to 10 and 11 to 20

qu sound like in square

Questions and Feedback

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