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A Day with The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading

For anyone out there who is interested, I thought I would write about a day with The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading.

Caleb and Brent are on the older side with using PR. Level one is meant more for 1st grade but can be used for an older child at a accelerated pace.

From what I have read and by talking with Mrs. Beers; it sounds like the first two levels are phonics heavy and they do start some grammar. Level 2 continues with phonics and spellig rules while adding in composition, reading and grammar (learning the parts of speech). Levels three & four continue with spelling/phonics rules but starts to get more meaty with composition and grammar. I haven't seen all four levels so keep that in mind.

I was hoping to get Caleb & Brent through the first two levels in a year and a half but we haven't been going at an accelerated pace.

Before teaching the weeks lesson I watch a weeks worth of lessons on the dvds. As I'm watching I take notes. If there is a jingle to sing I write the jingle number next to the word. If a Building Code is going to be introduced than I put BC next to the word. If I want to remember a something Mrs. Beers said I write that too. It really helps to take notes.

Here is what a day looks like for us.

  • First we go over the phonograms. Some days I will say the sound first then have them say it. Other times I have them say the phonograms on their own with me correcting when needed. I will also have days where I'll have them just say the sounds with out the rules. For instance with 'ai' they will only say "/A/" instead of "/A/ that we do not use at the end of English words". And yet, on other days I'll say the sound and have them write ( I don't do all of them when they write it just pick and choose. Otherwise it would take too long)
  • Then we get our notebook/binders out to the appropriate week. I stand and have the children facing me. I say the word, use it in a sentence, finger spell it, then they write it.
  • Finger spelling is something I learned from Spell to Write & Read (SWR). each finger represents a letter. If it is a double phonogram then you hold up two fingers together.
Example for the word cat. One finger for each sound, so you will show three fingers. You are putting up each finger as the child says the sound.

Example for the word 'rain'. Put one finger up for 'r' two together for 'ai' and one for 'n'. Two fingers together represents one sound but uses two phonograms or letter.

Of course the children will be looking at the palm side of your hands.

  • Once done with finger spelling the word, I have the children write it in their notebook.

  • I then have them help me write it. They say the sound /c/ as I write the letter c on the board. They say the sound /a/ as I write it on the board, same wit /t/.

  • If there is any marking then we mark the word. If they are not sure about the marking then I walk them through the word. Is 'c' saying it's first sound? Yes, so we don't need to mark it. We continue with the rest of the letters.

  • After we finish the list of words I have them put their binders away and on a piece of paper I have them write the words again but this time with out the marking. I got this idea from SWR. I don't do this everyday. Depends on time.
Because my two are older we go through a weeks worth of words in two days. Monday we don't do spelling. Tuesday & Wednesday we go through the list of words and mark them. Thursday and Friday we go over any troubled words and play a game. I'll admit some times we don't do any spelling on Friday. I think if I were more consistent we could get through level one faster, but with teaching 4 children using PR & SWR it gets tiring for me.

Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading is a bit pricey but it does cover a lot and it includes everything you'll need, even the pencils.

If you can swing it I would highly recommend purchasing the game "The Phonogram Packet"  It really reinforces those phonograms. After playing this game over and over with my children I am happy to say I know all 70 phonograms myself!


  1. This is very informative! Would you be interested in submitting it to the Classical Homeschooling Carnival?

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