Short version – I need a phonics program to teach 8 kids, 45 min. class, 1x week, for 11 weeks. Ages vary 1st grade to 4th grade, one grade/class. My problem is choosing which phonics program will give the kids the most bang for their buck, so to speak.
Long version – I know this is for homeschooling and what I am asking is not, but I don’t know who else to ask. I have been given a great opportunity. I will be teaching several classes for the local rec. center starting the middle of March. Each class is 1½ hours for 11 weeks and is supposed to cover math, handwriting and reading.
I am mainly concerned with the reading portion for older children. The class is advertised for children who need extra practice in math and reading. I don’t expect to have any children with severe reading difficulties and I wouldn’t know what to do with them or possibly even recognize them if they show up.
I expect to split the class into 30 min math, 15 min handwriting and 45 min reading. I would like to do phonics and some form of buddy reading out loud and possibly add a chapter a week from an audio book as a read aloud. My problem is choosing which phonics program will give the kids the most bang for their buck, so to speak. I am by far not an expert in reading or phonics and have only recently come across terms like explicit, vertical and horizontal phonics. This first class will only be 11 classes and in this school district, sad to say, I may be the most intensive phonics instruction they receive.
I have copies of First Start Reading (it teaches word families), 100EZ Lessons, OPGTR and the 3R’s by Ruth Beechick. I have a copy of WRTR 4th Ed. in my Amazon basket. I have been looking at Alpha-Phonics and something called the Great Saltmine and Hifwip. I have been looking at Don Potter’s page and Blend Phonics etc. I have looked at several programs and had to reject them because they are not secular (this is being subsidized by the city) or they cost more than I am being paid to teach the class. I have a lot of superficial knowledge with no depth. I need help.