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Old 10-11-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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teachers a couple questions

is there a good message board out there like DIS where people are active & will answer you ASAP?

For those of you teaching K-1 ages...is there a good supplemental phonics program/book/song you use?

I've been looking online...but would love to hear recommendations from the professionals out there.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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A few that I've been impressed with that are very different:

Jolly Phonics (our school is moving to this)
Phonographix
Words their way (great for supplemental activities)

Two I was less impressed with:

Saxon Phonics
Fundations
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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Starfall is an online program a lot of schools use for building reading skills.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #4
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My son's school uses Starfall for the K to 1 group. They use Razkids for the 2-4 grades. This one is pretty good. If the teacher/school has an account setup for the students, then they can monitor how the child uses it outside of school. They first read stories, then answer questions to test their comprehension. They can also record themselves reading the stories. Then the teacher can listen to how the child reads. My son is on this site just about every night for at least an hour.
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Starfall is an online program a lot of schools use for building reading skills.
This is what my kids' teachers have recommended.

My kids love it!
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And as far as more places to ask, I like one called Pro Teacher. And as far as supplements for learning, I think the more hands-on the better! You could even look at some Montessouri stuff.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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I have used starfall before - but I have not been totally impressed. I'm thinking I'm missing something. Because after using it a couple of times it seems like we've done it all.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
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I'm actually wanting something that is not computer based. I tutor a man who can't read & he doesn't know all his sounds & we don't always have a computer handy.

Our school has plenty of good stuff...but of course nothing I can use off campus. FWIW, they use istation.

I use an aduly literacy program but he doesn't like it anymore than I do. He has had better luck with my file folder games & the simple beginning readers I've used with him.

I'd like the basic program that says: introduce this first, then this next...this letter sounds like this....beginning phonics in a book - songs would be great too.

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Just a question...does he hear the sounds?

I taught a man to read who could not catch on to phonics because he was older and had some hearing issues and, now that I think back, he may have had some type of auditory issues--you know when the person can't get out what they hear or some such issue. (Can you tell I am not a teacher? lol)

We had to switch to "sight" and, boy, was that hard for me--I'd always had phonics and phonics was just drilled into my head. He was the sweetest man and really wanted to learn to read.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #10
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Just a question...does he hear the sounds?

I taught a man to read who could not catch on to phonics because he was older and had some hearing issues and, now that I think back, he may have had some type of auditory issues--you know when the person can't get out what they hear or some such issue. (Can you tell I am not a teacher? lol)

We had to switch to "sight" and, boy, was that hard for me--I'd always had phonics and phonics was just drilled into my head. He was the sweetest man and really wanted to learn to read.
Yes, I do believe he hears the sounds. That's a great point.
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