Teaching kids to read can be so rewarding, and yet so incredibly frustrating at the same time. It might seem that everyone else’s children are reading earlier or are finding it much easier than your kids. If that is the case, you are probably looking for a bit of extra help. If you are then great news, because we have the secrets to teaching kids to read that other parents might not be telling you about. There are some amazing product available that you need to be aware of that will get your kids reading successfully in no time.
Since the ‘Phonics’ marketplace is pretty swamped, we have put together a little guide to help get you started with the best free websites, best system, DVDs, books and apps that we could find that can help kids learn to read in a fun and hopefully stress-free way.
Best DVD for Teaching Kids Phonics
If you are looking for a DVD that will help your kids learn their phonics sounds LeapFrog: Letter Factory is the DVD to get. It won’t teach it won’t teach your kids to read, but it will give them a great start by teaching them their phonics sounds.
The Best Book to use to Teach your Kids to Read using Phonics
If your kids are starting to recognize phonics sounds and you want to get them some story books to practice with you should look for books that are known as ‘phonics readers’. The British book company Usborne have a really good set but they don’t seem to be easy to find in the U.S, you can look for some like StarFall’s Learn to Read series.
Best Online Phonics Program (Free)
There are a few free phonics websites around, we checked out ABC Fast Phonics, Progressive Phonics and Starfall. The site we liked the best that offer free phonics resources was Starfall.
Best Phonics Program (not free)
The two Phonics Systems that we narrowed our search down to were ClickN KIDS and Hooked on Phonics. Ultimately we choose ClickN KIDS, mostly because of the cost and partly because it has been a top ten reviews winner for six years on Top Ten Reviews in their learn to read software category. If you would like to see the differences between the two programs check out Eve’s Best for really great comparison between Hooked on Phonics and ClickN KIDS.
The Best Phonics Toys and Reading Systems
Two of the biggest players in ‘the learn’ to read educational toys area are Leapfrog and V-Tech. Both companies have lots of different toys or systems that you can choose from that are, for the most part, pretty reasonably priced. If your child is just starting out and is still learning the phonics sounds a toy that you should definitely consider is the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set. You really can’t go wrong with this super popular toy, it’s cheap, it really does teach kids their sounds and it is a great first step to learning to read.
If your kids know their sounds and you are looking for something a little more complex to help get them reading you might want to consider the super popular LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System. People love this system, but the only drawback is that you have to keep buying books for it.
Best Phonics Website with Video Lessons
Mr Thorne Does Phonics is a really interesting site that features videos that help kids learn to read by introducing phonics. The videos were created by a primary school teacher in England. This site was named the number 1 site to make you smarter (children category) by The Times.