No, colour-coding is a useful teaching tool. It helps children make the connection between letters and sounds. Having the monsters as sound-cues also makes phonics more meaningful. We also provide plain text opportunities in the programme. For example, the common exception and high-frequency flashcards are provided both in colour and in plain text. Our online phonics games are also in plain text.
Our feedback shows that children use the memory of the colour-coding and monster sounds when reading non colour-coded text outside of the phonics lessons. For example, seeing the word ‘seed’ in a science lesson, a child reported ‘that’s a Green Froggy grapheme, we say ee.’