Phonics & Reading Resources

Reading doesn't come naturally to everyone, but it's essential that everyone learn to do it well. Every subject your children undertake in their careers as students will depend on their ability to read, so laying the foundation of a thorough understanding of how it works ought to be one of the first tasks you (the parent and teacher) look to in their education.

Like most skills, getting good at reading simply requires one to read a lot. Practice may not make you perfect, but it certainly will make you consistently better than you have been. So the best way to raise kids who are proficient readers (and love to read, even when they don't have to) is to keep them well supplied with books.

At the same time, it's important to know the rules that govern the language. Without them, no sense of order exists, and students are left with vocabularies only as large as their capacity for memorization. With the phonetic rules in place in their minds, however, they'll be able to read almost any word they encounter, and probably have a pretty good idea what it means.

Most reading resources are directed toward parents and teachers. A perennial favorite among homeschoolers is Margaret Bishop's The ABCs and All Their Tricks, which is basically a compendium of the phonics rules for teachers. Ruth Beechick's A Home Start in Reading is more a philosophy of reading instruction, with plenty of excellent and sometimes surprising strategies for teachers and students.

Those books designed for students tend to be drill-oriented. The Victory Drill Book includes lists of words grouped by phonetic sound which kids master before moving on to paragraph reading. Reading Pathways includes a number of reading exercises to improve kids' fluency (the ability to read quickly and efficiently while retaining information). In the same vein but for younger students, Phonics Pathways provides exercises to build solid spelling and decoding skills.

Books that turn reading into a game of sorts, offer written exercises or activities, and put reading in the context of other subjects can all be useful. The goal of reading resources isn't so much to teach reading (that's what phonics programs are for), as to make sure kids who can already read learn to read better and more effectively.

Again, the best way to achieve this is to have your kids read. If they like science, get them age-appropriate books about animals and plant life; if they like adventure stories, get them some classic fiction; if they like history, find titles they can handle about the Civil War or the Magna Charta. Make sure they know the basic rules, but let them loose with some books and you'll be surprised how quickly their skills improve.

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ABC's and All Their Tricks
by Margaret M. Bishop
from Mott Media
for Adult
in Reading Reference (Location: E6E-REA)
$15.99
ABC's and All Their Tricks
by Margaret M. Bishop
from Mott Media
in Reading Reference (Location: E6E-REA)
$22.99
Amazing Circus of Phonograms: Act 1
by Mary Jo Nyssen
1st edition from MOM-BA-BOOKS
for Preschool-1st grade
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
$13.99
Amazing Circus of Phonograms: Act 2
by Mary Jo Nyssen, Joe Palmisano
1st edition from MOM-BA-BOOKS
for Preschool-1st grade
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
$11.19
At Last! A Reading Method for Every Child!
by Mary F. Pecci
from Pecci Educational Publishers
for Kindergarten-Adult
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
Basic Phonics Skills A
by Hilve Firek, Jo Ellen Moore, Linda Armstrong
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Basic Phonics Skills B
by Hilve Firek, Jo Ellen Moore, Linda Armstrong
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Basic Phonics Skills C
by Hilve Firek, Jo Ellen Moore, Linda Armstrong
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-2nd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Basic Phonics Skills D
by Hilve Firek, Jo Ellen Moore, Linda Armstrong
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: P3A)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Daily Phonics Grade 1
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Daily Phonics Grade 2
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 2nd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
$29.99
Daily Phonics Grade 3
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Daily Phonics Grades 4-6
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 4th-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
Handy English Encoder Decoder
by Harvey Bluedorn
2nd edition from Trivium Pursuit
for All Ages
in Reading Reference (Location: E6E-REA)
$15.00
Home Start in Reading
by Ruth Beechick
from Arrow Press
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: P1A)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Homegrown Readers
by Jan Pierce
from Homegrown Publications
for Adult
in Reading Reference (Location: E6E-REA)
$14.99
How to Successfully Teach Reading
by Elizabeth M. Arwine
from Christian Liberty Press
for 3rd grade
in Reading Reference (Location: E6E-REA)
$6.50
Let's Read 3
by Leonard Bloomfield, Clarence L. Barnhart, Robert K. Barnhart, et al.
from Educators Publishing Service
for 1st grade
in Miscellaneous Reading Comprehension (Location: E8F-REA)
Phonics Pathways
by Dolores G. Hiskes
10th edition from Jossey-Bass
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
$21.00 (3 in stock)
Primary Phonics Intervention Centers: Consonant Digraphs & Blends
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
$24.99
Primary Phonics Intervention Centers: Short & Long Vowels
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
$24.99
Primary Phonics Intervention Centers: Vowel Digraphs
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Phonics (Location: C5D-PHO)
$24.99
Read Aloud Family
by Sarah Mackenzie
from Zondervan
for Adult
in Recommended Book Lists (Location: E5A-LIT)
$16.99
Reading Made Easy
by Valerie Bendt
3rd edition from Greenleaf Press
for Kindergarten-1st grade
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
Reading Pathways
by Dolores G. Hiskes
5th edition from Jossey-Bass
for 1st-3rd grade
in Miscellaneous Phonics (Location: C5E-PHO)
$24.95 $17.50 (1 in stock)
Uncovering the Logic of English
by Denise Eide
2nd Edition from Logic of English, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Logic of English (Location: C3C-PHO)
$15.00