Choose one of these phonics programs or use your own! Since I believe phonics instruction is a very personal decision for each family, I specifically designed Little Hearts for His Glory to work with any phonics program that you choose.
Phonics: Pacing Suggestions
Note: A phonics instruction reminder is listed in the plans daily. This schedule is suggested once your child shows an interest in learning to read. Both of the phonics programs listed below are easy-to-use, include short planned lessons with interesting stories, and are economical. Both programs utilize one book that includes a teachers guide and a student book all in one.
Reading Made Easy
by Valerie Bendt: This phonics program includes 108 lessons. The author recommends covering 3 lessons each week with review between lessons. This plan will allow a child to finish this phonics program in a typical school year consisting of 36 weeks. However, the author firmly emphasizes the necessity of pacing the program as needed to help the child be successful.
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This phonics program includes 20 lessons that are approximately 20 pages each. For children under the age of five, the authors recommend covering one page per day. For children between the ages of five and six, the authors recommend covering two to three pages per day. For children over the age of six, the authors recommend covering three or more pages per day. They suggest that no longer than five to seven minutes should be spent on a page and lessons should be under fifteen minutes in length.
A companion CD-ROM that follows the book is also available.
A downloadable link that follows the book is also available. This download will allow your child to play an interactive game with a character called "The Giggle Bunny" which reinforces the daily phonics lessons.
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In our opinion, the Sound Bytes reading program works best for students aged 7-11. This is because it moves quite quickly and does not contain enough beginning practice in letter sounds and blending to work well for most beginning readers; but it works very well for students who are struggling readers, or for those who need continued phonics instruction after beginning with another phonics program, or for older English as a second language learners. It can also be used for 6 year old students who have had some exposure to phonics already. Students review the sounds for letters and letter combinations and begin to read decodable stories right away.
This 288-page paperback Home Edition is ideal for parents and tutors. After teaching your child four consonant sounds and one vowel sound, he or she will be able to read the first story! Teach another sound and read a new story. This unique step-by-step method of teaching reading gives instant success to even the most reluctant readers. Phonics instruction is brief, focused on only a few sounds at a time, and strongly supported with practice reading decodable stories that students enjoy. The lessons build students' confidence along with their reading ability, helping them become skilled and independent readers.
This approach works for all students who are ready to progress quickly through phonics, but especially for those who have not had success with other methods. The 90 stories and accompanying skills lessons take students up to a third grade reading level. A carefully sequenced list of recommended books helps older students go on to reach a fourth to sixth grade reading level. Most students are able to complete the program in just four months, with 15 to 30 minutes of instruction per day. A spelling game is included to help students develop accurate spelling skills. The simple, clear instructions in each lesson are easy for any parent, teacher, or tutor to follow. Sound Bytes Reading is easy to understand and easy to teach. It produces amazing results for struggling readers, for those who need to finish out phonics after beginning with a different phonics program, or for older English Language Learners.
Story from Lesson 5-4:
I can go to a shop.
I can stop at the shop.
I can have a dog.
I can have Spot.
Spot can sit in a box.
Spot can go to Mom and Pop.
Spot can hop. Spot can flop.
Spot can eat a lot.
Spot is a good dog.
Story from Lesson 12-1:
A white goat ran along the road. He had a coat on. It was as black as coal. "I wish it was not so hot today," said the goat. "I will roast in this coat."
The goat took the coat off. "I will soak my coat in the creek," said the goat. He put the coat into the creek. A little bit of soap was in the coat. The soap began to foam. Then the coat began to float.
"Oh no," said the goat. "There goes my coat!"
The coat floated past a boat. A big green toad sat on the boat. The big green toad went, "Croak, croak," as the coat floated along.
The goat ran past the boat. He jumped into the creek and got his coat. "I am glad to get my coat back," said the goat as he went on his way along the road.