Product/Service name: Progressive Phonics
Brief description of product/service:
Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program, from learning the alphabet to advanced phonics, that is designed to be easy, fun, and totally free. You can choose where to start based on your child's needs and go at their own pace.
The site claims that anyone can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.
No experience is necessary to use this as a parent. Just pick a book and start reading it with your child.
Matching handwriting worksheets and activity sheets for each book. As the site claims, when children write what they learn, they learn it better.
The lessons are meant to teach the essential sight-words (phonics rule-breakers).
Instant access -- download and use. (Free registration required, but there are sample books you can look at before registering.)
The books can be read on-screen or printed on your color printer. Each book takes 4--8 minutes to print and uses as little ink and paper as possible. (We have not printed so I cannot say how much ink and paper it actually uses)
Store/Site of purchase: www.progressivephonics.com
How long have you used this product/service? Just this week with my 4 and 6 year old sons.
Performance: It worked great! My 4 year old liked the first part of the first alphabetti book the best, and then reached his limit and decided to just listen to his brother read. My 6 year old continued on and finished the first alphabetti book and then tried out the first beginning phonics book.
That is as far as we got, but it seems like something we could repeat a few more times because it held the kids' interest and their skills already grew just from reading the little we did together. My 6 year old asked to read the first alphabetti story again as he thought it was so funny! It was short, the perfect length to learn the letters and their sounds and how to sound out the words and still kept their attention, while just long enough to be a story that interested the kids.
Quality: Easy to navigate the website, graphics and story content is good quality.
As for free reading lessons or programs, we have been using www.starfall.com
for at least 3 years and this program reminds me of Starfall in the way that it is free, easy to use, and kid and parent friendly. It is a little different in that Progressive Phonics has the parent and child reading together and the stories are no animated.
The instructions for each booklet are easy to follow. The parent reads the part in black, child reads the part in red, with help from the parent as needed.
I give it