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Need a good phonics program?

Here are thirteen. Some of these we have reviewed, others are recommended by trusted friends.
Reading and Spelling Pure & Simple, email
by Deede Cauley, is a one-volume program of phonics-based lessons for elementary, teen, and adult students. Ideal for one-on-one instruction – also effective in small groups.
Real Reading Company
P. O. Box 2508
Big Spring, TX  79721-2508
(432) 213-0383
ABeka Reading Program, email
developed for Christian and home schools, includes K-6 readers, visuals, and daily lesson plans.
A Beka Book, Inc.
PO Box 19100
Pensacola, FL  32523-9100
(877) 223-5226,   fax (800) 874-3590
Alpha-Phonics email
is Samuel Blumenfeld's economical, non-consumable, one-volume beginning reading program. It is a simple, effective program, also available on CD Rom.
The Paradigm Company
Box 45161
Boise, ID  83711
(208) 322-4440
Turbo Reader, email
by Phyllis Schlafly, designed to teach any age student to read, is a hard-backed reader accompanied by the softcover First Reader Workbook.
P.O. Box 495
Alton, IL  62002
(866) 879-8872
Phonics Pathways
is Dolores Hiskes' one-volume, low-cost program for home or school, primary or remedial teaching.  Reading Pathways is a book of reading exercises to strengthen proper eye tracking.  more...
Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint
10475 Crosspoint Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN  46256
(877) 762-2974
www.josseybass.com email

(800) 852-4890
www.dorbooks.com email
Phonics for Reading and Spelling,
by Bonnie Dettmer, includes a detailed home school teacher's manual with instructions for pre-school to adult use, phonogram cards, and CD audio.
Lakemere Publishing
10675 E. NW Hwy. #1655-816
Dallas, TX  75238
(214) 341-2404
Play 'N Talk
offers a teacher's manual, recorded lessons, textbooks, games, and music.  It has been called the "Cadillac" of phonics programs.
Play 'N Talk International Headquarters
7105 Manzanita Street
Carlsbad, CA  92009
(800) 472-7525
Right Track Reading Lessons, email
by Miscese Gagen is a low cost, complete phonics program, ideal for one-on-one use with beginning readers. Back On The Right Track can help older/adult remedial learners.
Right Track Reading LLC
P.O. Box 1952
Livingston, MT  59047
Saxon Phonics email
is a detailed, more technical program with scripted teacher's manual, letter cards, worksheets, and small 8-page readers.
Saxon Publishers
(now a division of Harcourt Achieve)
6277 Sea Harbor Dr.
Orlando, FL  32887
(800) 284-7019
Sing, Spell, Read & Write  
by Sue Dickson, includes audio tapes, paperback readers, charts, songs, and games. Winning is available for remedial students.
Pearson Learning, Inc.  (new owner of SSR&W)
4350 Equity Drive/P.O. Box 2649
Columbus, OH  43216
(800) 321-8322
The Spalding Method, email
by Romalda Spalding, is excellent, and it requires teacher training to implement.  The Writing Road to Reading text and Phonogram cards are the core of this program.
Spalding Education International
23335 N. 18th Drive, Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ  85027
(623) 434-1204
The Great Saltmine & Hifwip Direct Phonics Reading Program, email
by Frank Rogers, is an excellent economical vertical phonics program that teaches the most common Phonograms (s, a, l, t, m, i, n, e) first, and emphasizes the high frequency words in print.
TATRAS (Teach America to Read & Spell)
P.O. Box 44093
Tacoma, WA  98448
(253) 531-0312
Professor Phonics, email
Monica Foltzer's affordable program, includes a non-consumable student book, teacher's manual, and key word picture cards. For remedial use it offers A Sound Track to Reading.
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For more information about these programs, request our Phonics II Handbook [TOC]