A to Z Phonics.com
for Early Reading Success

HomeAlphabet PrintablesReading GamesWord BlendsVowels

school apple
phonics banner

Reading Software - what to look for

Are you searching for reading software to help you teach phonics? There are so many to choose from it can be a daunting decision to choose the right one.

Do you choose one that relies heavily on sight or whole words or one that only uses a few? (I say that because it is hard to find reading software that does not use sightwords.)

N.B I have just found Phonics International - It is the ONLY phonics programme I know of that does not use sight words! Check it out - the first unit is FREE. Even if you decide not to go with the programme - the first units printables are well worth downloading!

To help you make an informed decision, here are some basic guidelines to help you decide which resource will help you teach your child to read:

guidelines to help you choose the best reading software - make sure you can answer "YES" to the following questions:

  • Are the short-vowel sounds taught before any whole words are introduced? Eg: a,e,i,o,u
  • Are consonant sounds taught before whole words using these sounds are introduced? Eg: /d/ as in dog, /c/ as in cat
  • Are the 44 phonics sounds and the 70 common ways of spelling these sounds (phonograms) taught? Eg: sh, ch, ai, ee, th, oo,
  • Are at least one short-vowel sound and multiple consonant sounds taught before a whole word using these sounds are introduced? Eg: short-vowel /a/ and consonants /s/ /t/ /p/ /c/ are taught before a child is introduced to words like: sat, pat, tap, cat, cap
  • Are they taught how to blend letters in words? Eg: /bl/ as in black
  • Are phonics skills introduced in an incremental manner? Eg: a new phonics step/rule is taught and practice given in reading decodable text containing that rule, before a another new step is introduced.

How much do reading programs cost?

You can expect to pay anything up to $500 for a reading progam. But most would average around the $200 - $300 mark. You can pick up some good deals with 'pre-loved' software from auction sites or homeschool support groups.

Phonics International currently have an amazing deal. I have just downloaded the first unit (free) and will be purchasing this for my own lessons

You are viewing 'How to choose Reading Software'- check out the phonics blog for our latest news -

Remember to sign up for our ezine - we will let you know where you can find tons of free phonics resources!

Popular Reading Programs - Reviews:

Phonics International

Jolly Phonics

Hooked on Phonics



Rocket Phonics

One Step at a Time

Frontline Phonics

Click 'n' Read

Online Phonics Magazine for Early Reading Success

Click topics to explore site:>

Download Unit 1 - FREE phonics printables from Phonics International. Endorsed by Jane Buckley founder of A to Z Phonics.com Click Here!

I am so glad you found this site! Please Bookmark it & share with your friends.

Template Design by AJ

Graphics by Lisa ~ www.countryclipart.com

A to Z Phonics now a part of the A to Z Teacher Stuff network.
© 1997- A to Z Teacher Stuff, L.L.C.  All Rights Reserved.