Phonics Pathways (10th Edition)

Phonics Pathways (10th Edition)

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Item #: 000437
ISBN: 9781118022436
Grades: PK-8

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Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

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I am a teacher and was trained on the LETRS program and this book has lessons that can be integrated with it.
Sara C on Jul 3, 2019
I was looking for something to use alongside Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We are in lesson 28 and I feel my child needs more direct phonics instruction. Lesson 50 in the former book becomes much more challenging, and I think we will need to take a break then and work through this book.
User on Oct 12, 2018
I am a teacher and was trained on the LETRS program and this book has lessons that can be integrated with it.
Sara C on Jul 3, 2019
I purchased to teach my children to read.
Tabitha F on Feb 19, 2019
I was looking for something to use alongside Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We are in lesson 28 and I feel my child needs more direct phonics instruction. Lesson 50 in the former book becomes much more challenging, and I think we will need to take a break then and work through this book.
User on Oct 12, 2018
Ds is going into K next year. I want to stay away from a lot of worksheets, so I heard this book has lots of good games in it.
User on Apr 14, 2018
I need it for 2 older children—reading practice and spelling.
Cara C on Apr 10, 2018
For my second grade students that lack in phonics skills.
Elizabeth E on Apr 8, 2018
My sister has it and wanted to try it for reference.
Andrew E on Apr 4, 2018
I needed a phonics program that was logical and straight forward for my son. We have done Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and while it went well at the beginning, he hit a wall with it at a certain point. I chose Phonics Pathways because I have heard it fills in gaps and teaches phonics that I felt were missing in 100 Easy Lessons. I also like that it was open and go for me, without a lot of flashcards and accessories to keep track of.
Natasha L on Feb 21, 2018
Would like to give this a try.
Heather A on Oct 15, 2017
I believe in phonics based reading as I think it will help the children long term. I like that this book doesn't include DVDs, tapes, apps, etc. as we don't allow our children to do much screen time.
Elizabeth O on Sep 14, 2017
Suggested by a friend.
Elizabeth D on Aug 15, 2017
My son completed the Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons, but I found that he needs a little more help. So this book was recommended by a friend.
Shane R on Jul 9, 2017
Good reviews from Cathy Duffy and a friend.
Elizabeth G on Jun 27, 2017
My 4 year old has already started reading some short words and recognizes several sight words. I wanted to find something to help boost his skills without being tedious or overwhelming with him with busy work. I'm hoping this will fit the bill.
Laura M on Apr 22, 2017
Taught all 4 of my kids to read at home using Phonics Pathways as a primer. So clear and simple, and REAL phonics!
LeeAura M on Sep 8, 2016
My 7 year old is on a fourth grade reading level because of this curriculum. I love how thorough it is and that it can be used to improve reading skills at any age or grade level.
Lateca M on Sep 4, 2016
We chose this after working through Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
Melanie K on Aug 12, 2016
This is a great book! I have used it in the past. It is a simple, yet very effective way to teach reading!
Jeffry C on Dec 9, 2015
have a 9 year old boy that does not seem to have learned phonics in public school, want to work on his phonics so that it will help his spelling and joy of reading
John B on Dec 6, 2015
I'm teaching our autistic daughter and she needs the phonics. This sounded like it might be helpful.
Kathy B on Oct 15, 2015
I purchased to teach my children to read.
Tabitha F on Feb 19, 2019
Ds is going into K next year. I want to stay away from a lot of worksheets, so I heard this book has lots of good games in it.
User on Apr 14, 2018
Does this curriculum have religious content?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No religious content. It is all generic, skill based content with vowels, word families and poems with repeated phrases and families.
Does my child already need to know the alphabet to use this?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe so. This is teaching the sounds that go with the letters. I would recommend this only as a refresher as it moves quickly. However, if you were to slow down and focus on just the one sound for a while and its sound it may be used as an introduction. The phonogram app from All About Reading, which I think is free, could be a big help in pronunciation of the sounds. We came out of this not clearly understanding why or when to use the different sounds of the same letter though. My son could conquer a page of sounds and words but then not always use them correctly later. Of course, we all learn at different points and could just not have clicked for him at the time we used this. We ended up going with All About Reading, wishing I had done so earlier, and my son's speed of understanding has greatly improved. Once they have the alphabet and are asking what sound it makes or you want to give them the sounds and then see if they ask about others, I think this is a good indication they are ready for that phonetic instruction.
Is there a lot of handwriting required in this program?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As a multi-sensory approach to phonics/reading, there are suggestions for writing the letters/words etc. from the very beginning of the instruction (i.e. trace the letter). You would be able to adjust those expectations to the needs of your student as desired.
Would this help my struggling fourth grade speller/reader?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think so! I purchased it for my first grader to learn phonics and after we started it, I had my third grader join us everyday because she is my struggling reader/speller. It has exceeded my expectations. My first grader is a very fluent reader and I can see great improvement in my third grader. She actually likes reading now which is huge for her. I definitely recommend this book. And you can't beat the price.
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Other programs have frustrated my 5-6 yr olds because the lessons get too long. Phonics Pathways is quick and the fun, simple games really help them retain what they learned.
September 27, 2018
1 year ago
Pathway to Phonics Rocks!
We started using Pathway to Phonics with our youngest son, when he was five. By age six, he was on a fourth grade reading level! We now use it with all four of our children, ages 5-11. What a treasure!
October 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Teaches necessary skills quickly
After about a week, I've noticed improved skills with my 7 year old's spelling/enunciation. Wish I would've started using this book earlier! The kids get to laugh while we do the lessons - contains some cute humor.
September 1, 2016
over 3 years ago
Very Impressed!
I purchased this program because I needed a comprehensive, easy to teach, and affordable phonics program for my 1st grader. I am amazed at the difference in her reading ease in just the past 3 months we have been using Phonics Pathways. By the time we finish this school year, she will know every phonics sounds plus contractions, syllables, etc. My only regret is that I didn't find this sooner. She easily could have completed this program last year in Kindergarten. The only very small complaint I have is the little cartoon drawings with needless sayings. We just ignore them. I would definitely recommend this product.
November 6, 2015
over 4 years ago
I really like this curriculum. It is easy to use and fun for all; even those not studying phonics want to play. I should have gotten this sooner but this is helping make up for not getting it right the first time. Sometimes I think the directions could be a little clearer but as long as I slow back down and read them carefully they are fine. This has been very helpful.
October 2, 2015
over 4 years ago
This is my first year using Phonics Pathways My first child was a natural reader/speller and I didn't need a phonics program for him Fast forward 3 years and there I had a little one who I could plainly see needed a lot more guidance I decided to give Phonics Pathways a try and I believe I made the right decision It is a very simple and straightforward approach that only takes a few minutes a day yet yields results quickly The author gives plenty of suggestions on how to use the book and there are some reproducible games included which require a small amount of teacher prep I will admit that there have been a few times my daughter has been a bit weary with doing the same thing every day so we've mixed things up by using BOB books and some simple phonics games One feature I like about this book is the "student achievement chart" It allows you to record the date that each new concept is started and then mastered This is especially helpful if you are required to provide documentation of academic progress as is the case in some states Overall I have been pleased with Phonics Pathways and plan to use it as needed with my next 2 children as well
March 3, 2015
This has helped me to teach phonics to my child hasslefree Thank you for this book
October 22, 2013
This is my favorite phonics program by far In the past I have used a hodge-podge of materials to teach/tutor phonics with great success but this one tops them all I have been using Phonics Pathways with my preschooler for several months and he is progressing quickly and solidly I love the fact that it's not scripted There is virtually no preparation you just open and have the child read a page It's definitely my favorite homeschool purchase thus far
August 16, 2010
I have utilized a variety of phonics materials to teach my daughter how to read Many products left us both frustrated and in tears Phonics Pathways has been an effective and delightful resource for helping my daughter to learn to read Working through a page or two only requires fifteen - twenty minutes per day Another favorite aspect of this curriculum is that it is non-consumable For a one time low purchase price you can ultimately teach all of your children to read I have recently begun phonics lessons with my four year old son and we both find these lessons enjoyable with this resource Hands down this is my favorite curricula for teaching phonics
March 17, 2009
I taught my daughter to read with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons My daughter was very successful with that and upon completion I turned to Phonics Pathways to continue her instruction That was nearly a year ago and over the course of this year we worked through the entire book Pros: Phonics Pathways is very complete It can take a child that reads nothing up to about a 4th or 5th grade level of reading It includes more complicated phonics patterns that other books do not cover It teaches spelling rules and I anticipate using this as a spelling reference as my child gets older It is very easy to use We basically read a page a day repeating if a certain page is tricky It includes games that could be motivating to some students although requiring prep on the part of the parent Con: Dry dry dry! My child loved the zany stories in Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons When we started Phonics Pathways she wanted to go back to her old book because Phonics Pathways is not nearly so entertaining While she thinks Dewey the Bookworm is cute his inspirational sayings don't do much for her If my child was a reluctant reader I think we'd have to scrap Phonics Pathways and find something else that was more fun This book does work and is a good reference to have on hand but like most things in education it will not be the best fit for every child
August 13, 2007

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