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    I like Orton Gillingham and Project Read. They are very strong in phonics and multi-sensory approaches in a sequential and systematic way. I especially like the Tap and Sweep for blending cvc words. There is another link from this month about that process in one of the early childhood sections. However, for phonemic awareness I like the Linda Mood Lips phoneme cubes. For phonemic awareness you are focusing on isolation, substitution, and placement of sounds. Pretty good skills to address early for strong background and readiness for reading. ABeka Curriculum has a great blend ladder system that they use in kindergarten but sounds appropriate to this level (and they used to allow them to be purchased separately). The leveled readers for kindergarten are very systematic and not quite as boring as the Bonnie Kline series that accompanies the Project Read. It is a Christian school curriculum so I dont know if you can use them where you work. At my school the principal allowed me to put a sticker at the bottom of the few pages that had a Bible verse. Scott Foresman Take Home Phonics books for 2nd grade are great (maybe check out the books for K and 1st). I like them because we read them together and then they take them back to class to practice with a volunteer or use during centers. Then they are the nightly reading practice. Good for connecting sped to class to home. They are so systematic that I can have an assistant doing the reading with the kids and then they do a word hunt for all the words the follow a certain rule. Phonemic awareness songs and rhymes is a series by Creative Teaching Press that is seasonally and holiday themed. My kids LOVE them to death and they are so much fun to use. They have a poetry notebook to keep them in (another thing they could bring back to class and work on). I play alphabet bingo, word wall rhyme, tic tac toe, and use alphabet cereal to graph with. Modern Curriculum has some wonderful little readers that focus on letters. They are called Ready Readers (stage one book 36 Where can a Hippo Hide --many h words) (Stage One book 1 Baby Bear's Ride - each page focuses on one letter and is pictures of words that begin with that letter...I use this book with the kids like I Spy. What can you spy that starts with letter c. They always enjoy it. Two good read aloud books: Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood and The Alphabet Kids by Kathy Tompkins and Reppy are both great books. Best of luck and have fun.

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