The Road to Reading is a collection of wallcharts, flash cards, and stories designed to be used as an aid to teaching reading and English grammar.

The Road to Reading is not a stand-alone reading scheme, but is designed to be used for extra practice once the parent or teacher has explained the idea being taught.

To begin with, there are separate pages for each letter of the alphabet. There are large Flash Cards with some of the first words a child will read, then Flash Cards for over 450 words used by children and in early reading books, including the Ladybird 100 Keywords. These are grouped together with similar words on Word Cards (colours, fruit, verbs, etc.) so the cards can also be used to teach particular topics. There are two sets of Word Cards for nouns, one with illustrations, and one with the same words but without illustrations.

One of the characteristics of this scheme is that the Flash Cards and Word Cards have coloured borders which makes them look more attractive and interesting, and also helps a child to learn how words are used. For instance, all the Flash Cards and Word Cards for verbs have a blue border, and all the Flash Cards for nouns have a red border.

Following on from the Flash Cards with individual words, there are Story Cards using fourteen separate words in the same size and format as the Flash Cards, then longer stories in the same style, and finally there are 100 stories adapted from traditional African Folk Tales, Aesop's Fables, Greek Myths and other familiar stories, for printing on either one or both sides of an A4 page.

For more information about the words used in each stage, click the Word Lists box on the left.

All the materials in the scheme are suitable for printing on one or two sides of ordinary A4 paper and laminated, so they can easily be reproduced for use at home, in playgroups and nurseries or schools. To print a page, just click on the word 'File' at the top of your screen, click on 'Print' in the list, then click on 'Print' at the bottom of the box and your printer will print the web page. There will be a heading at the top and name of the file at the bottom of the page, which you can cut off before laminating, or you can stick one of the Header Strips here on top. If you don't have a laminator, you can stick the pages onto card or leave them as they are.

Please note: This material may be reproduced for educational purposes only. The design and wording of the material is Copyright. The scheme was originally designed for use in a few small Community Schools in Africa, and illustrations from several sources on the internet were included. Most of these images are from clipart websites which state that they may be reproduced for educational purposes. If there is an image here to which you hold the copyright and you would like it to be removed, please let me know. If you are a Publisher interested in publishing any of this material, please get in touch!