Phonics

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Free Reading Curriculum from Dept. of Education

The Department of Education offers these free resources to help parents reinforce the reading and language arts skills that their children are learning at school. This is a great resource for homeschoolers, as well!

More than 100 activities are provided for each grade level (Kindergarten, first, second and third grade) in PDF format (download and print on your own printer). The activities cover same/different, rhymes, color words, reading and writing the letters of alphabet, beginning and ending sounds, vowels, upper and lower case letters, sight words, syllables, compound words, following directions, predicting, capitalization, writing sentences, reading comprehension, prefix, suffix, blends, writing paragraphs, using reference books such as the dictionary and atlas, parts of speech,

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Reading Skills Competency Test

Reading Skills Competency TestsLearning phonics rules is important, but you need to remember that only 80% of our vocabulary words can be decoded using phonics rules. Reading Skills Competency Tests (Second Level) by Walter B. Barbe, Ph.D. is a resource that covers all areas of reading skills, including phonics. 

Using the tests, chart, and recordkeeping form included in this book, you can access your child’s reading readiness and actual reading skills, as well as keep track of his or her progress. The chart is a chart showing all the different skills students should master. It is made of heavy-stock paper and pulls out of the book for easy reference. 

The skills covered include (not a complete list):

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Reading readiness
  • Sight words (includes Dolch list of 220 Basic
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Phonics Song Video

Phonics Song video from YouTube. Fun!

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