I was recently asked by a friend about a good beginning reader program that she could use over the summer. That got me thinking…what are my favorites? What works for us? And what does Ray Ray like the best? So, what did I tell her? Yeah, that took a little thinking and narrowing down 🙂 I have seen and tried many, and we are still trying some. However, I have narrowed my favorites list down to 5. Want to know what they are? Here I go:
1. My most favorite so far:
Becky also has a Phonics By the Book program. We haven't gotten to that part yet, but it looks just as promising and we are excited! Ray Ray loves the little readers that make it easy to build his confidence. The main focus is on the reading, but patterns and numbers are added in as a bonus too! Becky offers her program as a FREE weekly download, or you can pay the small fee to have it all together and not worry about where to find the next week at the last minute (like me). Click the photo for one of our many weeks using the program!
2. We have recently fallen in love with BOB Books. Haven't heard of them? You NEED too! I have a simple Pinterest Board started with a few links…but those few links are wonderful ones that go good with the books! If you have a child who loves to be independent, these are for you! When your child lays on the kitchen floor while you cook supper and reads to you…yep, its a good program 🙂
3. One of the first programs we started using with Ray Ray was Carisa's programs from 1+1+1=1. She has many wonderful different age programs and they are all wonderful! The You Can Read Bundle is good for the sight words that kids need to know because they can't sound them out.
4. Another good sight word program that we have had fun with was Reading The Easy Way with Beth over at 123 Homeschool 4 Me. This was a fun game based way to learn our sight words. Add in some fun books after you learn enough sight words and you have a confident child who doesn't know they are learning! Beth has even added on to the original program and made new levels for when your child moves on from the first one!
5. Finally…a program that I haven't used, but love anyway! Easy Peasy, All In One Homeschool. This is a full homeschool curriculum, Pre-K all the way up to high school. And guess what? Lee has put this all up online for FREE!!! This program uses the McGuffey Primer for the beginning reading program. I used Lee's Pre-K program with Ray Ray when we first started homeschooling. I love the way she has this set up and we do use bits and pieces of the site. That is why I have picked it as a favorite even though I haven't used it personally.
So there you have it. My top 5 favorites when it comes to beginning readers. Have you used any of these? What are your favorites? I would love to hear what you have to say!
Make sure you visit the link below and see the lists that others have posted this week!