I have had a link to this site in my sidebar for a long time. Today I thought I’d blog about it. I was prompted to do this when I read an email on a homeschooling chat list from a mother who said they are out of the country and have no access to buy a reading curriculum which was recommended to them called “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons”.
This site run by Don Potter has free downloadable phonics programs on it.
The free curriculum called “Word Mastery” is actually an antique textbook whose copyright has expired (it is in the public domain now) and it is allowed to be downloaded without breaking any copyright laws. This old program is also considered a “systematic intensive phonics method” of teaching reading and it was used in grades 1-3 back when it was published in 1913 at which time it was being used in schools.
It is actually the same system/theory/method as the Alpha Phonics curriculum (which I used to teach my children to read).
I actually own this book “Word Mastery” which I found in a used book store!
It is also just like the same basic method as “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” except that in “100 Easy” they have red lettering around the word, arrows below the word and some letters have symbols over them. This free curriculum called “Word Mastery” is reading of words and word parts without symbols and just has black writing (it has no red color). To substitute for the lack of arrows you would just put your finger under these words and sound them out and move your finger across to the end of the word.
Scroll down on this page of Don Potter's site and look for “Download Free Phonics Programs (Programs from Don Potter)”
There are other free reading curriculums on this page too.
This site also has very interesting information about teaching reading, methods of teaching reading which have been successful and about some that have failed, tells about studies, illiteracy, so on and so forth. It is a no frills site rich in content.
And if you find any of this useful maybe you can drop Don Potter an email to thank him. He runs this site free of charge and I’m sure he’d like to know that his time and effort is appreciated by someone. I’ve sent him emails in the past and he has written back and he is very nice.
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