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4.6 / 5.0
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I was looking for a program to teach my second child to read knowing that the rule-based highly structured program that worked with my oldest would not be a good fit My son fit Cathy Duffy's definition of the "Wiggly Willy" type to a T--very active a kinesthetic learner with a seriously limited attention span Happy Phonics was her highest rated pick for this category of learner so I bought it My son loves it! The first lesson we did together was a game called "Muffin Match" matching upper and lower-case letters He was jumping back and forth over the "muffin" bottoms and tops spread out on the floor as he found the matches and put them together When we finished that game he said "lets do another one!" He now asks me for reading lessons an entirely new experience with this child There is a fair amount of preparation work in getting the program set up There are a lot of games (matching bingo etc) with pieces that need to be cut out of cardstock I chose to do most of the cutting/organizing up front putting individual games in ziploc bags You could choose to just cut them out as they are introduced in the program Once this initial prep work is done however individual lessons require little preparation The program seems quite thorough and everything you need is included (the only thing I had to come up with was a paper brad for one activity)
February 14, 2010
Happy Phonics Could Be More User Friendly
I realize that this set is made the way it is to keep cost down, but more instructions, and better organization would go a long way with this program.

On the plus side, my struggling readers likes it. For the first time when i say it is time to do reading, and i pull this out she is happy and excited to play games with mom instead of slogging through a book. This combined with Teach Your Monster To Read, and comic books are finally beginning to unlock the world of reading for my daughter in a stress free, no more tears way.
November 10, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
My second son needed a different curriculum to learn to read I tried blends and word families but he always made them into a word Happy Phonics teaches them their sounds and the next step is to put them together as words and read The many activities and games are great fun He doesn't realize he is "doing school" In the beginning there is a lot of prep work because you have to cut all the games and activities up Once that is done there really isn't much to do but pull the activity out you want to use for the day The program is a step by step with a lot of room for you to do what you want when She doesn't tell you exactly what to do like others She explains that when your child has mastered the step you then move to the next step She also recommends making your own books This is a great idea for students who are a little reluctant It gives them the feeling of ownership and they can be proud of what they accomplished The games and activities in the later steps I am going to use with my oldest son to reinforce what he knows Therefore I think this would be great for multi-age students I feel the $50 investment is well worth it I have two more children to teach to read and I will definitely use Happy Phonics with them too There are not any workbooks with it but she does recommend Explode the Code if you feel the need to use something I am very happy with this purchase and have recommended it others who are very happy with it as well
June 14, 2007
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this program! I used it to teach phonics to my two older kids (now 7 and 6) It is extremely easy to use and it builds on previous skills as you move ahead My kids love the games and they often ask to play again or to play another game They know all of the phonics rules and have become fluent readers When they come across a word that they don't know they use phonics to decode the word And since it's so fun for them my kids pushed ahead to lessons that I never thought they would understand so early We used the program with ETC books (another favorite) which reinforced the phonics rules and gave them ample opportunity to decode words This program is inexpensive easy to use and fun! The only downfall is that it takes some initial preparation work as you have to cut up the cardstock for each game It's not difficult but is somewhat arduous I took the extra step of laminating everything and I organized it all in an expandable file box That whole process took a couple of weeks to get it all ready Even with the initial prep work I highly recommend Happy Phonics I'll be using it with my 2 yr old when she's ready
February 24, 2010
I used this program many years ago (when my oldest of three children was little and he is now 19!)Now many years later I'm breaking out my old HAPPY PHONICS and using it as a supplement for review for my elementary child and we love it!!! Wish I had used it waaaaaay sooner and I wouldn't have to be reviewingThis is a very user friendly program with lots of games and super easy to teach! Very multi-age friendly as well The newer version seems much nicer too! Maybe I will have to get it after all ; ) Believe me I've tried numerous programs and this one I highly recommend!!! YOU CAN'T GO WRONG =)
November 16, 2009
Fun and learning
We just got started with happy phonics and my 4yr old son enjoys it so far. We are using it with some abeka k5 books. I like that it is pretty simple to implement. There are a lot of games and that is why I chose it. My son has a short attention span and this extends that time through fun activities. It doesn't feel like school but more like fun.
November 9, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Good curriculum
Happy Phonics is a good curriculum, but there are some drawbacks. It takes a fair amount of time to assemble the various activities, and in some cases, the instructions are not clear.
July 29, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
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Rainbow Resource Center Store
Many great reviews on this product. I will try this as a supplement for fun with my abeka K5 reading curriculum. I have a wiggly boy and he loves games so we will use this for fun while learning to read.
Tiffany W on Oct 9, 2017
I've read great reviews about Happy Phonics and I've been searching for a program that would tailor to all 3 of my children. I am hopeful that this will work for all of us!
Maryann G on Sep 14, 2016
Many great reviews on this product. I will try this as a supplement for fun with my abeka K5 reading curriculum. I have a wiggly boy and he loves games so we will use this for fun while learning to read.
Tiffany W on Oct 9, 2017
My friend recommended this reading program. She taught 9 of her kids to read with this and they all loved it, I'm going to give it a try!
Christy B on Nov 2, 2016
I've read great reviews about Happy Phonics and I've been searching for a program that would tailor to all 3 of my children. I am hopeful that this will work for all of us!
Maryann G on Sep 14, 2016
I was looking for a phonics program that would fit with our other curriculum. Something fun, but too time consuming.
Amanda C on Aug 13, 2016
My son has a short attention span and after reviewing many reading programs, I thought this one would be the best suited to him.
Jana L on Aug 8, 2016
Affordable fun learning
Megan L on May 7, 2016
I am looking for a program that is easy to use while I homeschool multiple children from high school to grade K.
Jessica K on Feb 5, 2016
My girls love doing phonics with the games in Happy Phonics. It makes learning to read really fun for them.
Katherine K on Dec 26, 2015
My friend recommended this reading program. She taught 9 of her kids to read with this and they all loved it, I'm going to give it a try!
Christy B on Nov 2, 2016
I was looking for a phonics program that would fit with our other curriculum. Something fun, but too time consuming.
Amanda C on Aug 13, 2016
What reading/language arts program did you use following Happy Phonics?
Marsha E on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We use the McGuffey Readers and what we call 'Required Reading' after phonics. I also read aloud to my girls or we listen to audiobooks from the library. The required reading is just a list of books at their reading level that they read to themselves every day through the year. It has really helped with reading fluency.
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    I was looking for a program to teach my second child to read knowing that the rule-based highly structured program that worked with my oldest would not be a good fit My son fit Cathy Duffy's definition of the "Wiggly Willy" type to a T--very active a kinesthetic learner with a seriously limited attention span Happy Phonics was her highest rated pick for this category of learner so I bought it My son loves it! The first lesson we did together was a game called "Muffin Match" matching upper and lower-case letters He was jumping back and forth over the "muffin" bottoms and tops spread out on the floor as he found the matches and put them together When we finished that game he said "lets do another one!" He now asks me for reading lessons an entirely new experience with this child There is a fair amount of preparation work in getting the program set up There are a lot of games (matching bingo etc) with pieces that need to be cut out of cardstock I chose to do most of the cutting/organizing up front putting individual games in ziploc bags You could choose to just cut them out as they are introduced in the program Once this initial prep work is done however individual lessons require little preparation The program seems quite thorough and everything you need is included (the only thing I had to come up with was a paper brad for one activity)
    February 14, 2010
    Happy Phonics Could Be More User Friendly
    I realize that this set is made the way it is to keep cost down, but more instructions, and better organization would go a long way with this program.

    On the plus side, my struggling readers likes it. For the first time when i say it is time to do reading, and i pull this out she is happy and excited to play games with mom instead of slogging through a book. This combined with Teach Your Monster To Read, and comic books are finally beginning to unlock the world of reading for my daughter in a stress free, no more tears way.
    November 10, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    My second son needed a different curriculum to learn to read I tried blends and word families but he always made them into a word Happy Phonics teaches them their sounds and the next step is to put them together as words and read The many activities and games are great fun He doesn't realize he is "doing school" In the beginning there is a lot of prep work because you have to cut all the games and activities up Once that is done there really isn't much to do but pull the activity out you want to use for the day The program is a step by step with a lot of room for you to do what you want when She doesn't tell you exactly what to do like others She explains that when your child has mastered the step you then move to the next step She also recommends making your own books This is a great idea for students who are a little reluctant It gives them the feeling of ownership and they can be proud of what they accomplished The games and activities in the later steps I am going to use with my oldest son to reinforce what he knows Therefore I think this would be great for multi-age students I feel the $50 investment is well worth it I have two more children to teach to read and I will definitely use Happy Phonics with them too There are not any workbooks with it but she does recommend Explode the Code if you feel the need to use something I am very happy with this purchase and have recommended it others who are very happy with it as well
    June 14, 2007
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this program! I used it to teach phonics to my two older kids (now 7 and 6) It is extremely easy to use and it builds on previous skills as you move ahead My kids love the games and they often ask to play again or to play another game They know all of the phonics rules and have become fluent readers When they come across a word that they don't know they use phonics to decode the word And since it's so fun for them my kids pushed ahead to lessons that I never thought they would understand so early We used the program with ETC books (another favorite) which reinforced the phonics rules and gave them ample opportunity to decode words This program is inexpensive easy to use and fun! The only downfall is that it takes some initial preparation work as you have to cut up the cardstock for each game It's not difficult but is somewhat arduous I took the extra step of laminating everything and I organized it all in an expandable file box That whole process took a couple of weeks to get it all ready Even with the initial prep work I highly recommend Happy Phonics I'll be using it with my 2 yr old when she's ready
    February 24, 2010
    I used this program many years ago (when my oldest of three children was little and he is now 19!)Now many years later I'm breaking out my old HAPPY PHONICS and using it as a supplement for review for my elementary child and we love it!!! Wish I had used it waaaaaay sooner and I wouldn't have to be reviewingThis is a very user friendly program with lots of games and super easy to teach! Very multi-age friendly as well The newer version seems much nicer too! Maybe I will have to get it after all ; ) Believe me I've tried numerous programs and this one I highly recommend!!! YOU CAN'T GO WRONG =)
    November 16, 2009
    Fun and learning
    We just got started with happy phonics and my 4yr old son enjoys it so far. We are using it with some abeka k5 books. I like that it is pretty simple to implement. There are a lot of games and that is why I chose it. My son has a short attention span and this extends that time through fun activities. It doesn't feel like school but more like fun.
    November 9, 2017
    Purchased
    1 month ago
    Good curriculum
    Happy Phonics is a good curriculum, but there are some drawbacks. It takes a fair amount of time to assemble the various activities, and in some cases, the instructions are not clear.
    July 29, 2017
    Purchased
    5 months ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    Many great reviews on this product. I will try this as a supplement for fun with my abeka K5 reading curriculum. I have a wiggly boy and he loves games so we will use this for fun while learning to read.
    Tiffany W on Oct 9, 2017
    I've read great reviews about Happy Phonics and I've been searching for a program that would tailor to all 3 of my children. I am hopeful that this will work for all of us!
    Maryann G on Sep 14, 2016
    Many great reviews on this product. I will try this as a supplement for fun with my abeka K5 reading curriculum. I have a wiggly boy and he loves games so we will use this for fun while learning to read.
    Tiffany W on Oct 9, 2017
    My friend recommended this reading program. She taught 9 of her kids to read with this and they all loved it, I'm going to give it a try!
    Christy B on Nov 2, 2016
    I've read great reviews about Happy Phonics and I've been searching for a program that would tailor to all 3 of my children. I am hopeful that this will work for all of us!
    Maryann G on Sep 14, 2016
    I was looking for a phonics program that would fit with our other curriculum. Something fun, but too time consuming.
    Amanda C on Aug 13, 2016
    My son has a short attention span and after reviewing many reading programs, I thought this one would be the best suited to him.
    Jana L on Aug 8, 2016
    Affordable fun learning
    Megan L on May 7, 2016
    I am looking for a program that is easy to use while I homeschool multiple children from high school to grade K.
    Jessica K on Feb 5, 2016
    My girls love doing phonics with the games in Happy Phonics. It makes learning to read really fun for them.
    Katherine K on Dec 26, 2015
    My friend recommended this reading program. She taught 9 of her kids to read with this and they all loved it, I'm going to give it a try!
    Christy B on Nov 2, 2016
    I was looking for a phonics program that would fit with our other curriculum. Something fun, but too time consuming.
    Amanda C on Aug 13, 2016
    What reading/language arts program did you use following Happy Phonics?
    Marsha E on May 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: We use the McGuffey Readers and what we call 'Required Reading' after phonics. I also read aloud to my girls or we listen to audiobooks from the library. The required reading is just a list of books at their reading level that they read to themselves every day through the year. It has really helped with reading fluency.
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