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1st year K-3 LD Teacher----Help


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Joined: Dec 05, 2007
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Posted Dec 05, 2007 at 5:56:55 PM
Subject: 1st year K-3 LD Teacher----Help

I am a first year K-3 LD Resource teacher and I'm trying to decide on a reading/spelling curriculum to use with my students. I'm currently looking at Barton's Reading and Spelling, Fundations by Wilson, SPIRE, and ABeCeDarian. Since this is my first year I would feel more comfortable with a program that has well scripted lessons for the teacher. Has anyone used any of these programs? Do you feel one worked better than the others? Also which one did you find to be the most teacher friendly?

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Lori
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Jenn
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Posted:Dec 08, 2007 7:59:30 AM

I've used Wilson, the older version of Fundations, have seen samples of Barton, and have read several strong recommendations on here for AaBeCcDarian, enough that I've checked the website several times, but haven't ordered anything as my room is overrun with phonics stuff already. I don't know if any of these are scripted. Your best bet might be to call each company and either ask for samples, or go one (the cheapest, perhaps) and try if for a year. From what I've heard, all of them will work, they have proven track records. Fundations isn't scripted, but it does have a detailed teacher's manual. The only scripted phonics programs I know of are Saxon Phonics (available at K, 1, 2, 3 and intervention) and Corrective Reading, Decoding, from SRA. I know for a fact that SRA will send samples, LOTS of them that you can actually use.

Sorry not to be of much use. I would say go either with the one that you're leaning towards or the one that is most affordable, or the one that your principal/sped. director agrees to order!

Jenn

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Lvstch'n
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Posted:Dec 18, 2007 5:49:11 PM

Have you heard of "Language!" by Jane Fell Greene? It's scripted, very structured and has many support materials (I still use the games, even though I had to switch to the same program my department is using). My son used it for a couple years and had great progress. His school district selected it as their reading intervention program district wide. I used to use it in my SDC class until I switched to another I'm not as happy with. You're probably sick of looking at programs... Scholastic has one called Reading 180 that looks promising too. I've found that I pull from several different programs to find a mix of activities that provides enough re-teaching and review without doing the same thing over and over again. Good luck.

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Stamps
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Posted:Dec 19, 2007 2:30:25 PM

We have used Saxon Phonics at our school and the K-2 group really likes it. The repeats from 1st to 2nd arein the first semester but if you have low/non-readers, it certainly doesn't hurt. It is scripted with info thatLD/ADD students don't need about the history of our language, and I leave it out.

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sarah
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Posted:Dec 19, 2007 2:41:34 PM

I have taught Saxon Phonics for about 18 years. I feel it is a very useful tool with very scripted lessons. It is a program that works. It is very successful with children that have difficulty reading or children that are just learning to read. It is a little weak in literatur so it is important to be sure to find literature to go along with the lessons. It has a wonderful voc. program. It is a wonderful program.

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sarah
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Posted:Dec 19, 2007 2:41:31 PM

I have taught Saxon Phonics for about 18 years. I feel it is a very useful tool with very scripted lessons. It is a program that works. It is very successful with children that have difficulty reading or children that are just learning to read. It is a little weak in literatur so it is important to be sure to find literature to go along with the lessons. It has a wonderful voc. program. It is a wonderful program.

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Janis
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Posted:Jan 08, 2008 3:16:03 PM

I'm sorry I did not check in sooner, but I am trained in ABeCeDarian, LANGUAGE!, SRA Corrective Reading, Lindamood-Bell, and PhonoGraphix. I am also familiar with Fundations and Saxon Phonics. I really like Fundations and Saxon Phonics for regular ed. But for remediation, hands down, ABeCeDarian is the easiest to follow and use as well as being highly effective. It does have explicit instructions including a teacher script which you can use until you learn the program. It is a multi-sensory structured language approach and it includes work on automaticity (fluency) at the sound, word, and text levels.

LANGUAGE!, Wilson, and Corrective Reading are best for children in 3rd grade and above, so I would not recommend those for a K-3 teacher. I also teach in a K-3 school, and I use ABeCeDarian A Short Version, B1 and B2. It is very inexpensive compared to most of the major programs. I have taught for many years, and I am so thankful to have FINALLY found something that works for my kids! I also use it for private tutoring as well. I often follow B2 with REWARDS Intermediate by Anita Archer (Sopris West)for kids in 4th-6th grade.

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