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    I would like to start phonics program for my DD. What curriculum did you follow for your kids?

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    Welcome! There are a lot of phonics programs for teaching your kid to read. Which is best? The sixth one you try! No. But seriously, it is a matter of finding what works for your kid.
    My oldest went from Bob books to Explode the Code, then was fluent.
    My youngest has speech and dexterity issues, so I needed something that neither made him write or speak a lot.
    I would recommend that you go with inexpensive alternatives first. is free and fun little stories that teach phonics.
    AllAboutReading is considered a good and expensive program. It is excruciatingly scripted, and has lots of fiddley bits. In retrospect, I probably shouldve stayed with it and just adapted it to how my son is. (If we had just used the readers and I had read over the lesson concept beforehand... and not wasted money on a magnetic white board to hold a zillion letter tiles....)
    We are currently on our third or fourth online phonics program (programs used by schools, mostly). (We are trying to avoid handwriting and excessive speaking.) Theyre all crap, in my opinion. (Besides being glitchy, theyre inconsistent and havent seemed to adopt the rule order that the better non-digital formats have. As two examples from this week, Ticket To Read threw in sight words “different”, “because”, and “through”, using them in different contexts, while generally the other words are 4-5 letters in length still. Also, they introduced “ea makes E” sound, and then in the same lesson had the word ‘great’ for the students to decode. The other programs we have tried havent been any better.

    If your kid has no speech or motor impediments, Id suggest starting with ETC and ProgressivePhonics. If that doesnt work out, try AAR since it is so much more expensive. (ETC workbooks are about $15 each. I think AAR is about $200 after you buy the accessories.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    AM is right, there are tons of phonics programs out there. Everyone has their favorites and ones they hate and no single phonics program will teach every child effectively to read. It helps to look around and see what is out there and decide what looks interesting to you (if it bores you to tears it will probably bore your child as well), what sounds like something your child would enjoy (does your child enjoy sitting down and doing tons of workbook pages or would they rather get up and move while learning?) and what your budget for a phonics programs is (some cost hundreds, some are free and some are in between). That said, I wouldn't rule out a program based only on price. Usually there are ways of bringing the cost down for a program if you think you and your child would enjoy it.

    I tend to favor Spalding/Orton-Gillingham based programs. We are currently using Logic of English with my youngest child who is 6 years old and we love it. Over the years I've used many, many programs... Spell To Write and Read, The Reading Lesson, Progressive Phonics, All About Reading, Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy, Headsprout, Reading Eggs, Teach Your Monster To Read, Starfall...and probably more that I'm just not remembering. I had a late bloomer that didn't read until he was 9 years old. It wasn't that none of them worked, he just wasn't wired to learn how to read until he was 9. My other kids all read much earlier than he did, around the age of 6 usually with one that learned on his own at 4 and one that learned on her own at 3.

    I like AM's idea of starting with a free program like Progressive Phonics and then if it isn't a good fit, try some other programs. You can look at the phonics section of Rainbow Resource's website to get an idea of what all is out there.

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    We are not homeschooling yet but this is what we did in support of the Montessori program the kids were in. Well, actually it’s the Montessori way, we just continue doing it at home on weekends. This uses the Three Period Lesson with a combination of senatorial material. The kids learned the sound of each letter with the Sandpaper letters (feel). Then they use figurines to represent the sound like an iguana for i. The Movable Alphabet is then introduce as well. We used the cursive one even though there is print one available too. After the sounds can be recalled in the three period lesson the children start simple words like jet. There is Pink reading (short vowels), and to deal with consonant blends the Blue reading. The Green reading is where reading fluency really begins, as the child now has the keys to unlock the inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies of the English language.

    Maybe that would be something to look into. Most material can be very affordable bought online or printed from Children’s House/Primary homeschooling blogs.

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