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How basic phonics? I chose to take my ds to AAR 2 before we started AAS, but then we continued with both. I personally would not use AAS as the only phonics for a child not fluently reading. AAS takes longer to introduce all the phonograms needed for reading fluency. 7 levels of AAS vs 4 levels of AAR. AAS is great for phonics for a child who is already reading well but without a phonics background.

 

So if I had to pick one, I would continue phonics with something (maybe OPGTR?) and use AAS, but I would try to at least get the AAR readers as well. :)

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Depends--do you want to work on reading or spelling?

 

Reading covers decoding skills, fluency, automaticity, comprehension, vocabulary and lots of reading practice.  Spelling focuses on encoding skills, spelling rules and other strategies that help children become good spellers.

 

Here's an article that shows how each program approaches words with the same phonogram--maybe that will help you decide which way to go: What's the Difference between All About Reading and All About Spelling?

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AAR wasn't around when my oldest started reading, so we used AAS with the readers. It worked well for her, but she was a very natural reader. It depends on your child. If he is already reading, I would do AAS with the readers. If he is a struggling reader, I would choose AAR, and hopefully add AAS at a later date when he is a more proficient reader.

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I agree that it really depends on what you want to work on.  If you're teaching your dc to read, AAR.  I've been using AAR2 with my 7year old twins and have been very pleased with the results.  Phonics and word attack skills have greatly improved since we started at the end of September.  We also do other readers in addition to the AAR readers.

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