Best Phonics Primer and/or Textbook?

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Best Phonics Primer and/or Textbook?

Postby Xapis10 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:26 pm

My son is reading three letter words (with short vowels, which is basically the phonics he knows so far). I want to continue in the correct sequence with his phonics, and I'd also like to have things for him to read (that don't add "sight" words, although he is fine with the word, "the," since he has understanding of "th"). I like the look of McGuffy primers, with their simple pictures. I think I want a few pictures, but definitely not highly distracting ones (or ones that are so obvious that the child can guess all the words instead of sounding them out).
So what are the "real" phonics programs that aren't simply "phonics-based" with a combination of methods? And what are good readers/primers?
I've heard Abeka primers are comparable to McGuffy (except with modern English). Also, does Abeka do real phonics?

If something is labeled as "phonics-based," does this always mean it is a mixture? I'm thinking of "Reading Made Easy" by Greenleaf.

Also wondering about these: BJU Beginnings, McRuffy Phonics and Reading, Horizons, Kidread by Barker Creek, Starting Comprehension: Stories to Advance Reading & Thinking, Christian Liberty Press, Christian Light, Alpha-Phonics, Spalding.

Thanks so much for input!
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Re: Best Phonics Primer and/or Textbook?

Postby elliemaejune » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:13 pm

ABeka does true phonics.

BJUP has some sight-reading elements.

I have not seen Reading Made Easy with my own eyeballs. (BTW, it's by Valerie Bendt; Greenleaf Press just sells it. :) ) I also haven't seen Alphabet Island or Kidread.

Although I have not seen McRuffy with my own eyeballs, and I know that many people use it and like it, the samples on the Web site do not impress me.

I haven't seen Kidread, either, but based on what I know about phonics and publishers and what I read on the website, it looks like sight-reading to me.

CLP's Starting Comprehension Stories doesn't teach phonics; it is what you use after you've taught dc to read, along the lines of any other vocabulary-controlled basal reader series.

AlphaPhonics is true phonics.

My favorite method is Spalding. (Spalding is the method; Writing Road to Reading--WRTR-- is the manual). It teaches children to read by teaching them to spell; it's the ultimate phonics and spelling method. :D
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Postby hscoach » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:05 pm

I use ABeka because it is true phonics. For readers after that, I bought a set of books called Now I'm Reading. My kids loved them! (there are lots of sets; we didn't use all of them........just a few) Here is a link:


http://www.amazon.com/Now-Reading-Playf ... 652&sr=1-1

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Postby Xapis10 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:49 pm

Thanks for the help so far!

Would CLP readers progress in order of what phonics are supposed to be learned at different levels? Or is there a better option for readers?

Still looking for input :)

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Postby Xapis10 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:41 pm

hscoach wrote:I use ABeka because it is true phonics. For readers after that, I bought a set of books called Now I'm Reading. My kids loved them! (there are lots of sets; we didn't use all of them........just a few) Here is a link:


hscoach, Does the Abeka phonics program include stories for the kids to read as you go through the program? Is the Now I'm Reading set mostly for kids who know most of their phonics already?
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Alphabet Island

Postby Xapis10 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:44 pm

I liked some of what I saw of Alphabet Island, until reading this in a review:
"Clever C says acts all silly around the girls so he says his silly or soft sound"
I like having something helpful to remember phonics rules, but this is a poor example of one, in my opinion.

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Re: Alphabet Island

Postby elliemaejune » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:30 pm

Xapis10 wrote:I liked some of what I saw of Alphabet Island, until reading this in a review:

"Clever C says acts all silly around the girls so he says his silly or soft sound"

I like having something helpful to remember phonics rules, but this is a poor example of one, in my opinion.


:shock:

I wouldn't care for that, either.
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Re: Best Phonics Primer and/or Textbook?

Postby Xapis10 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:27 am

elliemaejune wrote:AlphaPhonics is true phonics.

My favorite method is Spalding. (Spalding is the method; Writing Road to Reading--WRTR-- is the manual). It teaches children to read by teaching them to spell; it's the ultimate phonics and spelling method. :D



Are there any pitfalls to using AlphaPhonics, or do you simply prefer Spalding? Have you seen anything about the Noah Plan Reading Curriculum that starts out using "Spell to Write and Read," and then uses some Bible as a supplementary reader?

I really like the idea of Bible reading being incorporated, but I could do this on my own if the Noah Plan doesn't do a good job of it or something.


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