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Homeschool Curriculum Guide - Phonics Programs

Curriculum Options for Teaching Phonics

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Choosing your phonics program can be overwhelming. There are many phonics programs available and most are a considerable investment. Here is an overview of the top phonics programs available for your homeschool students.

1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Simon & Schuster, Inc.

This is one of my favorites. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a very relaxed, no-nonsense method to teach your child to read. You just climb up in the easy chair together for about 15 minutes a day, and they're reading at a second grade level when you're finished.

2012 Readers Choice Awards Nominee for Best Homeschool Phonics Program

2. Saxon Phonics K, Home Study Kit

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Saxon phonics is a multisensory, sequential phonics program that is flexible, easy to use, and highly effective. Kits include a student workbook in two parts, a reader, a teacher's manual, teaching tools,(a home study video, and a pronunciation guide on cassette). This program is separated into 140 lessons or 35 weeks.
  • Saxon Phonics 1
  • Saxon Phonics 2
  • 3. Sing, Spell, Read and Write

    Sing, Spell, Read and Write is an incentive based program that uses songs, storybook readers, games and prizes to teach reading. The students progress is tracked with a magnetic race car on a 36 step racetrack. Build fluent, independent readers with this unique 36-step program built on carefully sequenced, systematic, and explicit phonics instruction. A favorite among homeschoolers.

    4. ClickN' READ Phonics

    ClickN' READ Phonics is a complete online phonics program for children as young as 4 years old. There are 100 sequenced lessons taught by ClickN' KID, a goofy and lovable "dog of the future." Each lesson has four engaging learning environments that progressively teach alphabetic understanding, phonemic awareness, decoding, and word recognition.

    5. K5 Beginnings Home School Kit

    Bob Jones University Press
    The BJU K5 Beginnings Home School Kit uses a traditional method to teach reading. It's a solid program that has been adapted for homeschool use.

    Kit includes:

    • Phonics Practice Book
    • Reading Books
    • Reading Books Teacher's Edition
    • Phonics and Review Cards
    • Beginnings Worktext
    • Beginnings Teacher's Edition A and B
    • Beginnings Visuals Home Flip Chart
    • Beginnings Phonics Chart Home School Packet
    • Phonics Songs CD
    Christian based program

    6. Happy Phonics

    Happy Phonics
    Diane Hopkins, Love to Learn

    Happy Phonics was designed by Diane Hopkins to teach her own bright, wiggly and energetic 5-year-old son. Happy Phonics covers beginning to advanced phonics through phonics games. Watch the video on their site to get a full understanding of the curriculum.

    2012 Readers Choice Awards Nominee for Best Homeschool Phonics Program

    7. Hooked on Phonics

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    Hooked on Phonics uses a step-by-step approach. Kids first learn about letters and sounds, how to put them together to form words, and then read great stories and books. Because kids learn in different ways, the program includes a variety of multisensory tools that appeal to visual, auditory, and experience-based learners.

    2012 Readers Choice Awards Nominee for Best Homeschool Phonics Program

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    8. Phonics Pathways, 10th Edition

    Phonics Pathways
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    This program is popular among homeschooling families. It teaches students phonics and spelling with an efficient, practical, and foolproof method. Phonics Pathways is organized by sounds and spelling patterns and presented in an easy-to-use format. Softcover, 267 pages.

    2012 Readers Choice Awards Nominee for Best Homeschool Phonics Program

    9. Reading Eggs

    Reading Eggs is an online program for children ages 3 to 13. Reading Eggs uses interactive animations, games, songs and lots of rewards, to help children learn to read.

    2012 Readers Choice Awards Nominee for Best Homeschool Phonics Program

    10. Phonics Museum

    Veritas Press Phonics Museum
    Phonics Museum is centered around a young boy and his family on a scavenger hunt through a museum. The students set out on an adventure using real books with historic and biblical content. Using a model of a museum with paper dolls, fine art flashcards, puzzles, games, songs and daily worksheets, students will not only learn to read, they will learn to love reading.

    The Veritas Press Phonics Museum program is a solid phonetic program that uses historic and biblical material to teach reading. The program is laid out very well, with teacher's manuals that walk the instructor through the program painlessly. Veritas Press has done an excellent job creating this thorough phonics program.

    Christian based program

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