I learned, from watching my second child learn to read after temporary hearing loss, how important the rules of phonics is to reading and believe that it is the backbone to success in understanding the English language, so I was thrilled to get a chance to review the Ultimate Phonics Reading Program from Spencer Learning.
WHAT IS ULTIMATE PHONICS READING PROGRAM?
First, let me tell you what it is not - This is not a silly little cartoon character and sounds style of learning. It is a software program that you install onto your computer, doesn't take up a lot of computer member to run, and is very easy for your child to follow and use. Don't let the lack of cartoon cutesy kid graphics fool you. The way the program is designed keeps it streamlined, clutter free of distractions, and focused on the task of learning phonics and reading.
There are 262 lessons. It teaches all of the phonics patterns and sounds of the English language in a no-frills, direct manner. It begins at a simple level and gradually progresses to a more advanced level. The lessons build on each other and the knowledge presented in the previous lesson.
Every sound is repeated by the audio on the program as the student clicks or passes the mouse over the sounds or words.
What is the the Spencer Learning Ultimate Phonics Reading Program?
Ultimate Phonics Reading Program is a software app designed to teach users how to read using phonics.
The pages within the lessons are set up in 4 parts:
A pattern or idea page
A set of word list pages
A set of word pages
A set of sentence pages
The buttons are easy to understand and use. Go screen to screen within the lesson, skip ahead to the next or go back to the previous lesson, view lesson history that you have completed, and search.
How Did We Use It?
We started with the easy install. Just download, put in the license and it's ready to use.
The lessons build on themselves:
Each lesson has a word list
My daughter is 9 and has a fairly good foundation in phonics, so I reviewed the first part of the program and determined that it would be better if we id not start at the very beginning, but rather use it as a supplement to her current phonics program. We were currently covering the ai ay sounds, so the first thing I did was search for ai rules on the Ultimate Phonics Reading Program and took her to that lesson. She was able to easily figure out the controls.
What Did We Think?
After using several phonics programs that attempt to get silly to attract the attention of the student, I really appreciated how easy and straight forward the program is to use. It presents all of the phonics elements that are necessary to learn how to read. I love how it has an audio to hear the sounds and words.
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