Phonics/Beginning Reading

Discover resources for teaching phonics at home.

Homeschool Phonics Curriculum

Adapted fromThe Virginia Homeschool Manual.Compiled by Vicki Bentley, Susan Brooks, Janice Campbell, and Rachel Ramey. Most of the subject-specific resources can be ordered from the major curriculum suppliers listed under “Homeschool Material Sources,” but publisher websites are indicated where appropriate. Publisher websites often offer additional product information, articles, links to other sites, and free e-newsletters.



Samuel Blumenfeld’s simple, classic method of teaching phonics.

British Broadcasting Corporation

The BBC site offers free games and phonics-teaching support.

Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials

Alphabet Island Phonics program.

Educators Publishing Service

Secular materials with strong phonics base and remedial focus.

Floral Alphabet Coloring Book

Three-dimensional alphabet coloring book Dover Publications

The Gift of Reading

by Trudy Palmer Understanding the six stages of reading development with daily lesson plans and spelling rules.

Phonics for Reading and Spelling

Uses Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading method.

The Phonics Game

Six educational games to teach phonics and reading skills.

Play ‘N’ Talk

A multi-sensory, easy to use, phonics-based reading and spelling program based on word families, such as the “at” family (at, bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat).

Reading Made Easy

by Valerie Bendt

Fully scripted, Christian, phonics-based reading curriculum.

Rigg’s Institute

A non-profit literary agency that carries materials based on the methods of Orton and Spalding.

Saxon Publishers

Secular phonics program from the publishers of the well-known math texts.

Scaredy Cat Reading System

by Joyce Herzog

Multi-sensory program with songs, storytelling, and games.

Sing, Spell, Read & Write

An award-winning, multi-sensory program for teaching reading, comprehension, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and creative writing to pre-K through elementary-age students.


Online phonics lessons.

Talicor (Aristoplay)

Offers various phonetic/spelling games.

Teach America to Read and Spell (TATRAS)

An easy way to teach phonics using the Saltmine & Hifwip Reading Program, which uses vertical phonics, teaching all the sounds of a phonogram at one time, rather than learning short sounds or hard sounds first, then long sounds or soft sounds later.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

by Engelmann, Haddox, and Bruner

Step-by-step, ultimately simple method for teaching phonics and reading at the same time.

Victory Drill Book

Phonics drill curriculum for beginning readers, including remedial work.

The Writing Road to Reading

by Romalda Spalding

Teaches phonics, spelling, grammar, and much more. Can be challenging to use.

Writing Road to Reading: Putting the Steps in Sequence

Designed for teaching Writing Road to Reading.