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Subject: Need help finding phonics program for 7th grader
Date Posted: 11/5/2009 12:10 AM ET
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My friend is looking for phonics and grammer programs for her 12 yo daughter.  She needs help finding programs that won't seem to young to her daughter.  She needs to start with a review of letter sounds.  If you know of anything that might help, please let me know.  Thanks, Carrie 

Subject: phonics for 7th grader
Date Posted: 11/12/2009 2:08 PM ET
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I originally started my first two children on one phonics program, it worked great for the first one but after several years the second one could read, but not spell.  We switched to the Writing Road to Reading, put out by the grammar works people.  It was starting back at the beginning, but it did help.  They have flash cards and require the student to learn clock points to learn to write the letters and learn all their sounds at the same time.  This program is often used for older children who are struggling.  They just start at the beginning and then later when they are ready they move faster.  It is very thorough with the sounds, they don't just learn the main sounds, but all the sounds a letter makes.  To use the program does take work, the parent needs to learn how to teach it, but once you have the system down, its not hard. You do have to sit down with them and do it though, you can't just hand them a work book to go through.

They have a grammar program too, and we used it, but it wasn't as good.  We later switched to Sentence Sense, which you can only find on line, and is really good, but maybe not for someone who struggles. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2009 11:48 PM ET
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Just a thought. Try looking into an English as a Second Language program. ESL.



Date Posted: 11/18/2009 11:21 PM ET
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Thanks Teresa and Elona!  I will look into those programs for her.  Blessings, Carrie

Date Posted: 11/20/2009 5:42 PM ET
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We use Spell to Write and Read. It is all about phonics and grammar, with some writing thrown in, too. (Which you don't have to use. ) It is the "new and improved" updated version of Writing Road to Reading. It wouldn't be too babyish at all for a 12 year old. Teresa is correct, it must be taught by the parent, but it is extremely thorough and I can't imagine anyone not learning what they need to from this program.



Date Posted: 11/21/2009 5:19 PM ET
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Look into the REWARDS program from Sophris West. I used that for my son last year and it worked well for us. The teacher's book is a tad expensive but necessary for the program.

Date Posted: 11/22/2009 12:51 AM ET
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Thanks so much!  I knew you would have great suggestions.  Have a great week-end.  Carrie

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 10:03 AM ET
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Alpha Phonics is not insulting for an older child (or adult) as it is boring black ink on white paper. I used it with both of my kids and it works. They read off the page and that is it, No workbooks. No games. You can view a free sample on the author's website. howtotutor.com


Date Posted: 12/31/2009 7:30 PM ET
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Spell to Write and Read is a full program for all ages and grades. I have to say even I as an adult am learning from it. It is what I would call hard core classical. I add other things to it for "fun" for the kids.