This action research project was driven by the researcher’s interest in phonics based instruction to help children learn to read. Specifically, using the PRESS phonics intervention to help meet the needs of each individual learner in the experimental classroom. The researcher, a first grade teacher in her fourth year of teaching, studied her students participation in the PRESS phonics intervention. The four week intervention was conducted using the students’ fluency and early reading skills to analyze the effectiveness of the PRESS phonics intervention. Throughout the four weeks, oral reading fluency along with decodable word fluency was monitored and all progress was noted for all eleven students participating in the study. Findings revealed this intervention showed increased improvement on both assessments given. These findings support the recent research about the use of research- based methods to meet student needs.