In this age of technology, is it any wonder that someone would come up with an online phonics program for small children to use? Many children are very familiar with the computer and can easily learn their letters and learn how to read using a computer.
I had the privilege of reviewing and online phonics program called Easy Phonics. The program is free until the end of December 2011! Their little character Fonty teaches your children how to build an ABC house. Fonty can change his body into all kinds of letters and shapes.
All in all the program is very user friendly and engaging. The program starts out introducing capital and lower case letters along with consonants (in blue) and vowels (in red). Fonty introduces one letter at a time. The child can use a microphone to repeat after Fonty or just click "enter" when asked to repeat into the microphone. Students then drag parts of letters with their mouse to build the letter that was introduced. As the student learns more letters and syllables the lessons move on to include dragging letters to make words and typing letters on the keyboard when prompted.
The program uses multiple senses and switches things up between repeating sounds, moving the mouse, typing on the keyboard and looking at words and letters. The creators suggest using the program for 20 minutes three times per week. This can be adjusted according to the student's attention span. The program can be stopped at any time and picks up right where the child left off when they start the program again.
Once your child gets started, you can read over their blog and see posts like "Keeping Continuum" and others to help you teach your child most effectively.
Other reading programs we have used can be found at Homeschool Reading.Return from Online Phonics Program to Homeschool Information