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Here is a link to a Tennessee first grade teachers web site. This site is for first grade teachers. You must get permission to join.
The Recipe for Reading program by Nina Traub with Frances Bloom has excellent materials for phonics instructions for beginning readers. Materials can be purchased at the link below.
See below for the link to Total Reading, a K-6 Language Arts Program with explicit phonics instruction, literature based reading comprehension, and instruction in writing skills.
See below for the link to books by Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D. and Gail E. Dennison about using Brain Gym. Various exercises help to "turn on" students' brains and get them ready to learn.
The Wilson Method is another powerful program for teaching beginning readers.

Sound City Reading

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To view information about the Baratta-Lorton Reading Program, Dekodiphukan, see the web site for the Center for Innovation in Education, Inc. Although this set of learning materials in its original form is not currently available, teachers and parents can download the entire program from the website, without charge, for use in your classroom or for home schooling your children. See the first link listed below. You can print and assemble the materials you will need. Be sure to watch the video presentation, which gives an overview of the materials and how they're used. A free iPad version of the program is also available. To see instructions for obtaining the iPad version, click the second link below, then click on the Dekodiphukan book. I used this program with first graders; it also works well with kindergarten students and older students who need extra help learning to read.
Chris Bogardus has put together a web site called Color The Vowels. The link is shown below. Students read songs and poems that range from middle elementary to middle school and high school levels. Each vowel pattern is printed in color, with a unique color for each of the various vowel sounds. Students read the materials directly from the computer screen or a projector. After reading a poem in the color coded version, students reread the poem in regular black print. I worked with a fifth grade student using this site and she loved it. Her teacher also used the site with her whole class a few times, using a smart board to project it. The class loved it, too. There is something about the color that makes it easier to read, even when students haven't formally studied the various vowel patterns. Very easy to use; just open the site, go through a quick preview of the patterns and colors (scroll down the page to see the chart), and begin reading. Lots of different poems and songs to read.
Robert Boden has developed a phonetic program that uses various letter markings to indicate the pronunciation of each of the vowel sounds. You can download and print a 160 page Primer. Students start by reading word lists that demonstrate each vowel pattern, then read stories printed in a special font, using the same markings. The font is downloadable from the web site, so you can custom create materials to suit your students. Once you have printed the Primer and set up the font on your comuter, it is very easy to use. I worked with a fifth grade ESL student using these materials for a few months. She enjoyed it and was quickly able to understand the markings and apply them when reading.

Other Teaching Programs

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Here is the link to the Slingerland Institute for Literacy.
Click below to go to the Amazon web site to see the book Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth G. Hainstock.
Click below to see the Secret Stories web site with materials designed by Katie Garner.
This is a link to the Ball-Stick-Bird website. The Ball-Stick-Bird books by Renee Fuller, Ph.D., are unique and lots of fun for the students.