The name Toe by Toe was
chosen to signify that a student makes progress by the tiniest steps -
one toe at a time. However, even though the steps taken are small,
the student can clearly measure his or her progress right from the first
page. The student's confidence and self-esteem are boosted as a
Over 25 years of fieldwork went into the development of
the system and it is this research which makes the method so easy to use.
You don't have to be trained in any field of Education to tutor with Toe
by Toe. In fact, the manual often works better with
non-professionals using it as they do not come to the task with any pre-conceived
notions and thus simply follow the very detailed instructions to the letter.
The unique syllable division employed by Toe by Toe
is very easy to use though it is not the syllable division generally used
for the teaching of reading. Once the sound of a phoneme has been
taught using the 'polynons' (nonsense words), these rules can then be
applied to any multi-syllabic word and students find a whole new
world of reading opening before their eyes.
No matter what the nature of the student's literacy problem,
they can be taught to read using Toe by Toe.
The severity of their problem may only be reflected in the length of time
needed to get through the book. Indeed, if the system is used with
a 'non-dyslexic' child (i.e. one without learning difficulties)
the rapid improvement in reading age is truly astonishing.