What people like-
- Fairly inexpensive. Amazon and Walmart.com have it for just over $22.
- Complete curriculum in one book.
- Embraces all learning styles.
- Multi-sensory, meaning children practice by hearing, speaking, tracing, etc.
- Simple and straight-forward in its approach.
- Includes game ideas to make learning, fun.
- The font size is big in the beginning part for young readers.
What people don’t like-
- Might be too “busy” and distracting for some children.
- Check your library for Phonics Pathways first. That way you can try before you buy.
- Suppliment with readers of your choice.
Alpha-Phonics seems comparable. http://www.alphaphonics.com/
For a bargain phonics program, try Candy 4way Phonics. http://www.candy4wayphonics.com/
Dolores G. Hiskes/Jossey-Bass/ http://www.dorbooks.com/index.html
Summary from company-
“The 10th edition of this beloved old classic is here! It is enhanced with many new features:
• Pictures now illustrate every sound introduced. Eases learning for everyone.
• Expanded lessons for dividing multisyllable words clarify this sometimes-tricky issue.
• Nonsense words inserted at strategic points ensure that students read using the phonics skills they have learned.
• A unique “Short Sheet of Vowels” will soon become indispensable for teaching/ testing students.”
What Friends are Saying About Phonics Pathways...
Phonics Pathways goes over all the spelling rules. And it's only $20 - Cami
Phonics Pathways by Dolores Hiskes has worked well for teaching all 4 of my kids to read. -Susan
Check out the book, Phonics Pathways. My daughter enjoyed the games. - Amy
100 Easy Lessons is not good for dyslexia or tracking issues. We've used Pathways to Phonics, which is real good, but even better is Spell to write and Read -Karla
Kindergarten at our house is a page of Phonics Pathways, a page or two of Math-U-See Primer, a page of Handwriting Without Tears, and lots of playtime. All of that minus the playtime takes about 30 minutes (sometimes less) per day. -Susan B
Also heard good things about AAR readers, but they were too expensive for us. We did hooked on phonics K on the computer with BOB books, then McGuffy on Easy Peasy Homeschool (http://allinonehomeschool.com), but quickly switched to Pathway Readers when I realized they were similar. They have workbooks that come with, and everything is inexpensive. We use the Pathway Readers and Abeka workbooks Letters and Sounds1 and Language 1 for reading and it has gone smoothly together. -Christen
Phonics Pathways is excellent for older learners as well as children. -Amy M