Literacy Learning Series: Understanding Phonics

"This course is the "meat and potatoes" of phonics!
It should be a must have for all beginning Elementary Language Arts teachers.
Provides in depth, easy to understand information that is geared to Elementary teachers!
Excellent course!"

- Susan Mattson, Grade One Teacher - Elmer Elson Elementary


Phonics is an integral component of a comprehensive literacy program. Developmentally, these skills are typically addressed in primary grades. However, if a student does not have a solid understanding of phonetic principles, they will have a gap in their reading process which will inhibit their success as a reader. This series of lessons on phonics will provide you with an understanding of each of the components of phonics, teaching tips and valuable resources.

Access the Course Overview

Designed and facilitated by Jigsaw Learning Associates Cheryl Gascoyne and Kathleen Robertson, this course is intended to enhance skills and is not a substitute for a certificated program. Credits will not be granted nor is this course transferable to any other learning institution. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to print a Certificate of Completion for their records.

This course is designed to support the area of Phonics and comprises one component in a larger comprehensive series of Literacy Learning (available soon)

Module Overview

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Completion Time

This course will take 2.5 hours to complete, based on the specific content for the topic.

Cost and Access

This online course is $49 per participant.

For organizations intending to provide access for multiple employees, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations. Please contact questions(at) if wishing to discuss the volume discount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the primary audience for this course?

This course has been designed to primarily support classroom teachers, as it provides in depth information for literacy teaching and learning in the classroom, however, Educational Assistants, administrators and parents may find value in some of the course content as well.

Is there a timeframe to complete the course?

This course is completely asynchronous so it is intended for participants to go at their own pace. Each lesson in the series should take an average of 8 to 10 minutes. Overall estimated time to complete the Phonics course is 2 1/2 hours.

How long do participants have access to the course and the included materials?

Once registered, users will have lifetime access to the course materials!

Do I receive anything at the completion of the course?

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, which includes the number of course hours for the course.

Is there a discount when purchasing for multiple participants?

For organizations intending to provide access for multiple staff members, a 10% discount is provided for 10 or more registrations.