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How to Choose the Right Curriculum

For reading success, choose a homeschool phonics curriculum that works with and not against your child's learning style.

I couldn't wait to get a workbook phonics program to teach my oldest to read.

Dreams of blissful teaching times were quickly turned to nightmares.

My Visual Picture learner was struggling and had lost her motivation to read! I immediately stopped doing what I WANTED and started doing what she NEEDED.

Keep in mind, there is no such thing as the perfect phonics program. Be prepared to tweak things as you go.

Find out your child's learning style then,

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Auditory Learners

Auditory Learners learn best through hearing.

Look for resources that include auditory learning activities such as discussion questions and oral assignments.

Here is a complete list of Auditory homeschool curriculum.

396601: Alphabet Island Phonics Complete Program (Includes Alphabet Phonics Level 1 & 2) Christian Worldview Alphabet Island Phonics 
The strong audio component of this program makes it a perfect fit for auditory learners!

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Grades K-2

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Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic Learners benefit from manipulatives and whole body movements to learn letter sounds. 

Here is a complete list of recommendations for Kinesthetic homeschool curriculum.

Ring Around The Phonics

Ring Around The Phonics
I use this in my homeschool with my two Kinesthetic children. Static cling letters/words are placed on white spaces for your child to read as he advances around the board. Blue and green spaces have corresponding cards directing the player to answer questions like, "What is the most fun thing you have ever done with your parents?" and do activities like, "Show everyone your best dance move."

My Kindergarten son wasn't interested in reading books but he enjoyed reading the words I made on the white spaces. The creator of the game (Roma Cox) gave me the idea of having him read one page in a book at each white square. Bingo! He now reads books without complaint. (Early readers are included.)

The whole family can play. My 3rd grade daughter plays the game with my son using her spelling words. Here are examples from on how to expand the game beyond phonics.

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Grades K+

Zoo Phonics Zoo Phonics
Zoo Phonics is perfect for Kinesthetic and Tactile learners who need touch and movement in order to learn.

The program uses movements and visual cues (animals in the shapes of lowercase letters) to teach phonetic sounds.

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Grades K-2

Phonics Manipulatives Developing Literacy Using Reading Manipulatives
This is a great supplement for your wiggly and tactile children.

Over 100 activities show you how to incorporate manipulatives with books, songs, poems, child-created text, and "real" literature.

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Visual Spatial Learners

Visual Spatial Learners often struggle with learning to read. Use a phonics and whole word approach to reading. Because they think in pictures, connect letter sounds with pictures. Give them plenty of time with this.

Here is a complete list of recommendations for Visual Spatial homeschool curriculum.

Itchy's Alphabet Itchy's Alphabet
For the 'm' sound this program uses the key-word 'mountains'.

When you think of 'mountains', it immediately reminds you of the formation of the letter 'm' as well as the 'm' sound. I wish I had this program when I was teaching my oldest to read!

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Grades K-2

Child 1st Sight Words Child 1st Sight Words  
Visual cues aid in learning those tricky sight words!

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Grades K+

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Visual Print Learners

Visual Print Learners learn through print and learn to read rather easily. 

Look for resources that include Visual Print learning activities such as workbooks and flashcards.

Here is a complete list of recommendations for Visual Print homeschool curriculum.

163118: The Reading Lesson Book & CD-ROM The Reading Lesson Book & CD-ROM
 The simple, black and white illustrations are perfect for a Visual Print learner who is often distracted and confused by pictures.

These natural readers don't need a lot of bells and whistles and will thrive on the workbook-type activities.

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