Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own.
One of the things I’m most proud of is the fact that I’ve been the one to teach my boys to read (and it’s a milestone I look forward to with my daughter down the road). When I was a new homeschooling mom, teaching reading intimidated me. I mean there were so many rules! How in the world would I ever cover everything.
Then I realized something. Learning to read isn’t actually that hard to do. It was something I already knew how to do. And I LOVED doing it. Surely I could pass that on to my kids.
I also soon realized that there are some amazing resources out there that could help me teach my kids to read, step by step, so I could be sure they got a thorough phonics education.
Alpha-Phonics was always at the top of the list when I looked into recommendations for phonics curriculum — including being listed as one of Cathy Duffy’s 100 top picks for homeschooling curriculum, which if you are familiar with her you’ll know that is a big deal.
As impressive as all those recommendations were, I’d never given it a shot. Alpha-Phonics is a no-frills phonics program and I’d been drawn in by the flash of other programs in the past. The problem was, while I loved those programs and they were a great fit for my oldest son, my younger boys were distracted by all those colors and pictures. They were overwhelmed trying to learn too many phonics rules before they had a good foundation.
Alpha-Phonics gives kids a good, solid phonics background. While it does teach phonics rules, it gives kids plenty of opportunity to practice putting sound together without any distractions. Lessons are straightforward and don’t require any advanced preparation — which is a huge bonus if you are homeschooling multiple kids or using this as a supplement to public school.
My 5 year old is easily distracted and Alpha-Phonics is working well for him. He gets so excited seeing the progress that he’s making, which in turn encourages him to keep trying.
Alpha-Phonics has a companion workbook that can be used along with the program and some simple readers once kids learn how to sound out works. I’d recommend pairing this with the Bob Books series, which are great for getting kids reading once they have the tools to decode words. The combination of the two would give kids a solid phonics foundation and provide them with an enormous head start in their education.
Alpha-Phonics comes with a sturdy plastic cover and plastic comb binding that makes it easy to lay flat and I suspect will hold up well with use for multiple children. It’s also available in a Kindle edition that makes it easy to use on the go or if you are trying to eliminate some of the clutter that comes with homeschooling (or just having children).
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