Curriculum Phonics and Reading

Grades K-3rd & Remedial

 

Pros

  • Included readers

  • Phonics based (great for struggling readers)

  • Multisensory

  • User friendly (scripted)

  • App available for reinforcement

Cons

  • Readers are B&W printouts and you might want to supplement with more

  • Can be parent intensive

Phonics & Reading Pathways

Grades K-2nd & Remedial

 

 

Pros

  • Little prep time (short lessons)

  • Multi-sensory

  • User- friendly (Step by step instruction)

  • No workbook

  • Designed to strengthen eye muscles and tracking skills

  • Mastery based

Cons

  • Needs supplemental programs

  • Lots of repetition can bore some students

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Grades K-1st & Remedial

 

 

Pros

  • Little prep time (short lessons)

  • User-friendly (step by step)

  • No worksheets

  • Some high frequency words

  • Very visual

Cons

  • Not colorful

  • Method is different than other program and can be confusing if used right after another phonics program

  • Just phonics (needs readers, writing, handwriting, possibly grammar)

Explode the Code

Grades 1st-4th OR Supplemental
 

Pros

  • Independent

  • Phonics based

Cons

  • Workbook style

  • Not colorful

  • No readers included

Beyond the Code

Grades 1st-4th OR Supplemental
 

Pros

  • Independent

  • Phonics based

Cons

  • Workbook style

  • Not colorful

  • No readers included

Spectrum Reading

Grades K-6th (Supplemental)

 

 

Pros

  • Low parent prep time

  • User friendly

  • Colorful pictures

Cons

  • Too much on a page for some students

  • Workbook style

All About Reading

Grades K-2nd OR for Struggling Readers
 

Pros

  • Included quality readers

  • Great for struggling readers

  • Multisensory approach

  • A very helpful app is available for parent purchase

Cons

  • Needs strong parent involvement

  • Can be repetitive and slow paced for some students

  • Does not cover reading for information

Reading Detectives

Grades 3rd-6th (Supplemental)

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • User friendly

  • Teaches good test taking strategies

Cons

  • No living books (but passages are excerpts from classics)

  • Workbook style

K-2 (Online)

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Cute and colorful (sticker chart for motivation)

  • Engaging activities

  • Continual assessment for re-teaching where needed

  • Printable PDFs for reinforcement

  • QR code to scan for use on IPad

Cons

  • It can be harder to track where your student is when they are working independently online

  • Not a complete language arts program

  • Currently no parent access to progress monitoring or reporting (must get report through your ES)

  • Can feel repetitive if lessons need to be repeated

  • Timed activities can be frustrating for some students

Reading Horizons Discovery

Grades K-1st OR Struggling 2nd-3rd (Online)

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Phonics based

  • User friendly

  • Fun and engaging (great for new and struggling readers)

  • Has an optional IPad app

Cons

  • It can be harder to track where your student is when they are working independently online

  • No parent access to progress monitoring

  • May need separate writing for 1st-3rd

  • May need seperate grammar for 2nd-3rd

Reading Horizons Elevate

Grades 4th-6th (Online)

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Differentiated

  • User friendly

  • Fun and engaging (great for struggling readers)

  • Parent progress monitoring?

  • Has an optional IPad app

Cons

  • It can be harder to track where your student is when they are working independently online

  • No parent access to reporting

  • Requires separate reading and writing program

  • Don’t have to master most common words or grammar to move on in the program

 

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