I want to start soon with a beginners phonics program for my DS (4 years old). Reading is huge in our house and he seems really interested. But, there are so many options, I'm so overwhelmed! And, I wasn't taught to read by phonics, so it is like a whole new world for me.
I know that WTM recommends Phonics Pathways, but have read mixed reviews about this primer. I've heard that Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is good, as is the ETC (get ready, set, and go).
Any thoughts or suggestions?
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homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
The other program we were thinking about was Alpha Phonics, we settled on PPathways because our local Barnes and Noble carried it and it seemed easier to get something I could look through versus ordering something online.
The first lessons are blending a consonant with each of the vowels, for example first "a", then "b-a" (with a distinct pause between) then "ba" (blended) followed by be, bi, bo and bu. At the bottom of each page is some of the blends from the previous lessons so you might see ba, mi, ne, hi... I believe one of the main ideas in having kind of nonsensical blends is the child is working on pure phonics and not trying to guess words (which is what ds was previously doing). The next section starts blending three letter words - ba-t, bat. And so it follows with lessons progressively increasing in complexity up to "His wonderful, remarkable automobile has a super sensitive intercom." on page 235.
Good luck finding a program that works for you!
Oh, and might I recommend the BOB Books when your dc begins to read simple 3 letter words.
Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons is good too, once your child is ready. I tried it with my son and he was just frustrated. But after a few more months of starfall, we breezed through the book and it caused a huge leap in his reading skills.
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
Before that, a few viewings of Leapfrog Letter Factory taught the most common sounds of the letters.
We use ReadingEggs.com as a supplement and for fun. ProgressivePhonics is free and very neat. For first readers, we're using Nora Gaydos, BOB Books, Starfall books, and Beehive Reader. We're now to the point where my daughter is attempting to read almost anything, but I want to get her through most of OPG first.
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We love Starfall and Progressive Phonics.
My 4 y/o DD was bored with "Learning to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" and outright refused to do anything with BOB books.
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