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I am trying to decide on a program to help my second grade students with reading. They are all ELL, so some sounds in English are hard for them to learn. At the beginning o this year, a third of my class was reading at a kindergarten level. Only 1 was at a beginning 2nd grade reading level. I've looked into the 3 listed in the title of this post. Any thoughts on any of them? I'm leaning toward Phonics Dance because it's active and less expensive, but is it complete enough for second grade?


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I've taught Wilson's Fundations Level K - 3. It a great program; however, it seems pricey. It is a prescribed/scripted program... meaning you need to be trained. It's not a program that you can jump around. You'd start with Level 1 regardless of grade level. For example, I teach Level 3 but at the beginning of this school year, I picked up in Level 2 where the previous year's teacher had left off. We finished up Level 2 then moved onto Level 3. Once you get used to the program it becomes routine. I really like it. Overall, I've had success with using this program.
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My district (large district) purchased Fundations in all K-3rd classes for the past 6 years.

I love Fundations. It is an awesome phonics & spelling program

Most curriculums through curriculum companies are pricey.

Is it possible for your district to purchase with their funds?
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I love Phonics Dance for ELL students. They seem to really latch on to the chant. You have to do your work with it, though. Just teaching them a chant isn't going to do much. You have to teach them how to use the chant to help them when they are reading and writing.
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