How important is phonics work for middle-school aged homeschoolers?
Hello, we are a home school family and we have decided to try a new program so that my son can homeschool three days and go to a school for homeschoolers two days. The reason for my message is to get some input on their language arts program. He will be a 7th grader. The program is called The Writing Road to Reading: Teaching Phonetics.Is this different from the phonics program taught by many public and homeschools?
The Writing Road to Reading uses the Spaulding Method and is an older reading program that stresses phonics. I do not know of anyone using it with 7th graders. I sometimes hear reference to it but know of no school or homeschoolers who are using it. I know it more as a reference when teachers are searching through their old materials looking for another way to present information.
If your child is going to be in a school part of every week, it is important to be consistent in his reading instruction. I would investigate the reading program quite thoroughly. Determine what skills are being emphasized and what needs your son has. You will need to select a school that supports what you are comfortable teaching and meets the needs of your son.