Phonics Pathways and The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
There are excellent phonics programs on the market these days. Two of these are Phonics Pathways and The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. Both of these books begin by teaching the short vowels and end with multi-syllable words.
A child who completes either program will read very well.
Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
The format of both books is different. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is set up by lessons. The lessons are scripted, other supplies (such as index cards) are needed, follow-up activities are suggested.
Games and rhymes are used to reinforce the material, and words and sentences for the child to read are included.
The font size used for the words and sentences to read is only slightly larger than the instructions for the lesson. This creates, in my mind, a cluttered appearance.
It might be difficult for some children to read directly out of the book; if so, simply use a whiteboard.
The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading teaches all the short vowel and consonant sounds before introducing blending. When 3-letter words are taught, first the child learns to read at, for instance, before mat, pat, and sat are taught.
Phonics Pathways is designed so the child simply reads the large-font words on the page. The book is self-contained.
Periodically, there are sheets to print and cut for re-enforcement if needed, but it’s not an integral part of the program.
While there are a few instructions, the instructions are generally kept to a sentence or two creating a clean look to the page. There are fewer distractions for the child.
Dewey the Bookwork accompanies the child through the reading program giving commentary, proverbs, and jokes along the way.
Phonics Pathways teaches the short vowel sounds first like The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. However consonant sounds are introduced while teaching blending. So the child learns to read sa, se, si, so, and su before moving on to 3 letter words such as sa-t, se-t, and si-t.
Both of the programs teach a few sight words as the children progress through the books. The two books use a slightly different order to introduce the sight words though.
Phonics Pathways and The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading are both excellent programs to teach phonics but use different methods. As is often said, there is more than one way to skin a cat.