Since my son has just entered the realm of learning letters & blending sounds, he is well on his way to reading! We have been trying out various products, but of course, as many of you know, each child is an individual & needs to be taught according to their individual needs. My son LOVES being read aloud to; but he hesitates at reading simple sight word books (which we were dabbling in with the Just Right Reader program. But it was just too advanced for where he's at right now on his reader journey.)
So, one fun thing we are trying out this week for my son, are the Bob Books off of Amazon (I will put a shopping link below) & we also ordered the Versa-tiles that come with some sets of Bob books & a workbook so that he can practice various tasks with numbers (1-9.) When we look at the workbook together, the puzzle-like answer case is positioned above or below the book while we work; once he's placed each tile, we can close the case & lock it & then flip it over to check & see if he's identified the right pattern to match the workbook.
Phonics Pathways is another excellent resource for teaching kids both how to read & spell. My son & I have been studying vowels & vowel patterns out of it this week & there are a lot of good lessons & strategies in that manual! (See both links below for more pricing & details.)
I'm Katie Storey. I'm a former elementary school teacher (4th grade was the grade I primarily taught) & I love reading!