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Old 03-25-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Phonics Pathways vs. Spell to Write and Read

Are these comparable programs at all? I know phonics pathways is phonics and the latter is spelling, but it seems like it includes phonics, too. Is this right? Anyone tried both? I like the idea of Cursive First and that supposedly complements SWR, but I've never seen any of these in person. Also, ETC is highly recommended and supposedly is a good supplement to phonics pathways, so would phonics pathways + etc + cursive first be better than SWR + cursive first?

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Has anyone used Spell to Write and Read? Is it a solid phonics program on its own?
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Re: Phonics Pathways vs. Spell to Write and Read

Spell to Write and Read is a Spalding spin off. I heard good things about it but haven't used it. SWR is a multi-sensory program that teaches reading through spelling. Once they have a certain amount of the curriculum done you just give the kids books. SWR is a solid choice for a reading program. I like teaching kids to read by having them learn phonograms and then moving on to spelling. You don't need a reading program to go with it.

I just started using phonics pathways and so far I like it for my ds. There is spelling included in phonics pathways. I am going to give it a try to see if it works but so far I like what I see and ds doesn't mind his lessons. I like how it starts with 2 letter blends before moving into 3 letter blends. I do the spelling described with each lesson because I think ds will learn more through spelling. I am also teaching him all the phonograms which is not included as part of it PP.

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