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kdeb 04-14-2011 10:40 AM

K suggestions
I have a parent that sent me a note today saying that she is planning to buy Hooked on Phonics for this summer and wanted any other suggestions that I might have.

Do any of you have suggestions that I can pass along? Is Hook on Phonics a good program?


ThankaTchr 04-15-2011 07:42 AM

parents tell me Leap Frog has some great
phonics stuff too.

temar 04-15-2011 05:03 PM

Hooked on Phonics
My ESL kinders love hooked on Phonics - they try and race each other to the top tier. I also like the Reader Rabbit programs. One very good program is Raz-kids online. It is part of Reading A-Z. I don't know how much a single subscription is, but my kids love it. The program grows with them.

jacque/Wa/K-1 04-15-2011 06:15 PM

I would not waste my money on Hooked on Phonics---my impression is that it is a program that relies heavily on a parent's ability to consistently spend time administering the program...and it's rather boring so most parents abandon it pretty quickly.

I would suggest to her the Study Dog program, there is an online version and a cd---the cd runs about $45 and I've had many of my parents purchase one or do the online version which has a store where the students can earn prizes (I don't believe in extrinsic rewards but if a parent wants to buy into it....that's their decision). Study Dog is highly engaging and every part of it is academic, there is NO fluff. I've used it for about 8 years and my kinders get SO much out of it at school.

tchr45th 04-15-2011 06:57 PM

no data supporting Hooked on..
Phonics. The research shows no positive effects. See What Works Clearinghouse Internet site

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