If I have a spelling program, do I need phonics too?
Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:57 AM
Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:06 AM
Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:30 PM
With my younger son, I used Phonics Pathways to get him reading, as I brought him home in first grade and he still wasn't reading yet. By the time we finished with it and worked our way through quite a lot of graded readers from our library system, I felt he had a good command of his phonics rules and of reading in general, so I didn't feel the need to use further phonics work for him. I also started SWO level A with him that year, and it has some basic phonics in the first half of it. We also used some odds and ends of phonics worksheets that I already had on hand.
So it doesn't sound to me like you need a reading program at all. But using phonics to supplement your spelling and help him cement those skills as well as his phonics rules would probably serve you well. With regard to what book to use, I think MCP is fine. Really, probably any sort of phonics workbooks would serve your purpose.
Posted 11 February 2008 - 12:46 PM
I feel really stupid asking this. ...but do I need a full blown reading "program" in addition to spelling. I was planning on using All About Spelling with him for next fall, going quicker through Level 1 and slower through Level 2 and just supplement with MCP phonics again? What do you think. I looked at WRR and SWR, way too much of a program for me to use in reality ~
First of all, you are not stupid! Second, I would not use a full program, but something along the lines of MCP or Explode the Code. The ETC are my favorites as they use the "less is more" philosophy on the pages which I really like. They still cover the same phonics material, but it is less expensive, easy to use, and very child-friendly. MCP, IMHO, was too busy.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:42 PM