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My oldest son has shown an interest in reading and already knows most of his letter sounds so I have been looking at some phonics programs. Two that really caught my eye were Phonics Pathways and Alphaphonics - any experience with either?<br><br>
A friend of mine loaned me Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons but I am a little unsure about it. I don't understand how all of the extra symbols aren't confusing for children not to mention when I look at the lessons my eyes begin to cross. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"> Anyone care to offer insight on this program?<br><br>
As I mentioned my ds knows most of his letter sounds but he still gets confused with d, p, b and q which I imagine is normal for beginners. A lot of text overwhelms him and he likes to guess the words by looking at the pictures instead of the words which frustrates him. One other thing he does is sometimes when sounding out words he does all the letters - "c" "a" "t", then tries to say the word beginning with the last letter - "tat" instead of "cat".<br><br>
Basically I think he needs something that isn't really busy with too much text on one page (unless it is easy to cover some with a paper), not a lot of pictures to distract him yet a program that is engaging.<br><br>
One other question I have is what are some of your opinions about learnig word blends - beggining (ba, bi, bo...) versus the end (word families at, cat, hat...).<br><br>
Just when I think I'm finished I think of something else, lol. Any other phonics program suggestions are welcome.<br><br>
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We've been enjoying progressivephonics.com It's free and it sounds like it would be a good match for your ds.<br><br>
The lessons are in the form of little books you read with your child-- the child reads the red text and the parent reads the rest. The little stories are short and funny, and there's never too much on one page (ITA about the 100 Easy Lessons book looking intimidating.)
 

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I agree. Progressive Phonics is the first thing that worked well for my DS, and continues to do so. He's made so much progress in the 4ish months we've been using it!<br><br>
Don't be scared off by the fact that it's free. It's worked so much better than anything else we've tried.<br><br>
We did use 100 Easy Lessons for a bit, and I credit it with teaching my son the concept of sounding things out, but after about the 5th lesson he ran and hid when I got the big yellow book out. That's when we switched to Progressive Phonics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Another vote for Progressive Phonics. My daughter has made amazing progress in reading since we started using this program. I think the key is the reading together format, which keeps things from getting overwhelming and puts the words in a natural context.<br><br>
Before we started this program, she could read some individual words, but couldn't read a sentence -- even if she knew all of the words in the sentence. That was resolved within a week or two of starting Progressive Phonics.<br><br>
I've also made up a bunch of the memory card decks available with the program, and I think playing memory with the words has been very helpful.<br><br>
For your son, I would suggest starting with the Alphabetti books.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions for progressivephonics.com but I can't open anything except the main page. I guess I should have mentioned that any online options are out since I have such an unreliable computer!<br><br>
Anyone else? Any experience with the particular methods I posted?
 

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great thread<br>
i have been looking too<br>
squepers<br>
my guy is the same way that yours was<br>
he can know all the words in a sentence but if it is more than 3 words its like all of a sudden he doesnt know any of them<br>
then if you put them individual again he can read/spell them<br>
think i'll give this a shot especially since it's free<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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what about NON-computer based -- we don't want the boys doing the computer, or screen based learing till they are much older -- we like books or manuplatives ....<br><br>
ideas?<br><br>
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From another mom avoiding computer learning for now -- my DS went from not knowing all his letters to reading at almost 3rd-grade level in one year with the Phonographix book. The stories in it aren't exciting but we supplemented with the BOB books (all three levels) and then were able to move on to beginning readers and beyond. I really like the concept of the system more than the straight phonics programs.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">what about NON-computer based -- we don't want the boys doing the computer, or screen based learing till they are much older -- we like books or manuplatives ....<br><br>
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While it won't help the original poster, progressivephonics.com is not computer based, which I totally understand your hesitation about! You download and print out the books and corresponding activity pages.<br><br>
You can read the books on the screen if you want, and we've been doing it that way lately to save trees, but your kid doesn't even have to know the books come from a website.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">While it won't help the original poster, progressivephonics.com is not computer based, which I totally understand your hesitation about! You download and print out the books and corresponding activity pages.<br><br>
You can read the books on the screen if you want, and we've been doing it that way lately to save trees, but your kid doesn't even have to know the books come from a website.</div>
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Thanks.<br><br>
I have glanced at the main page ... but not really gotten into it --
 

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I'm not sure how old your child is, but we are using HOP with my 4 yr old who really wants to read and it is going fine. I picked up the kindy version super cheap last yr(I want the easy readers mainly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). He loves putting a sticker on the chart and getting to the next "real book". For my 6 yr old we are using McRuffy LA, I love that it is a full LA program, it is colorful, has games, puppets, sliders, readers. It covers, phonics, spelling, and LA activities. It would however totally be over kill for my four yr old at the moment.
 
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