So, there’s the option of using one or the other . . . OR, you can download the workbook on your e-reader – Alpha-Phonics: e-version which is great for on the run homeschool families, especially for in doctor waiting rooms or long trips.
Along with the above teaching reading and phonics, we have also liked the hands on supplements with Explode the Code
, which is a phonics reading and writing program that can be used from Kindergarten to approximately 8th grade. For our family, we found that the girls loved to do workbooks (writing and coloring) while the boys wanted more of the computer stuff and just to get school over with. Our girls loved Explode the Code
workbooks which consist of matching, reading, spelling, writing, copying, and more! For our youngest, since he likes “doing school” with his older siblings, I will be getting some of these for him, starting out with Get Ready for the Code – Book A
which teaches consonant sounds b, f, k, m, r and t. And then next is Get Set for the Code – Book B
which teaches consonant sounds d, h, j, n, p and s. After this is Go for The Code – Book C
which teaches consonant sounds c, g, l, q, v, w, y and z.
When these first three books are completed or if your child already knows the basics, you can begin with Explode the Code Book 1
which teaches short vowel sounds while, skip ahead to Explode the Code Book 3
teaches open syllables, silent-e, digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch, -ng, -ck, -tch), simple diphthongs (ee, ea, ai, ay, oa, ow).
Join me next week as I share about what we have liked for penmanship and math.