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Old 01-28-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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So, we've hit a brick wall with Horizon Phonics and are looking to try something new. We are considering Hooked on Phonics, but trying to figure out the different options available.

So I know the new set includes DVD's. I think that would probably work best for us (what kid doesn't want to watch tv?), but want to see if anyone knows anything I might want to consider in making my decision.

I see tons of options out there for either the complete pre-k-2nd package on hop's website, options on amazon and of course used/new on ebay. Suggestions? Ideas?

FYI-Horizons was expecting DD to just "get" the phonics thing. The different sounds of letters, etc. She can spell things when they're sounded out, but can't seem to sound things out herself. She needs more practice and more importantly she needs to see/hear things in different ways than just on a page (for phonics anyway). Thanks!


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Old 01-28-2013, 10:04 AM   #2
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I use a combination of the older and the new... older meaning the kind that came with CDs to listen to, not the super old that came in a white case. The older version I use also came with tapes before the CDs but it's way different than the set that came in the white case with the tapes, so for simplicity I say CD. This set has more readers than the new version, so I prefer that. BUT, I have a kid who hated the CD, he was really struggling with HOP and totally hated it. 2 things changed at the same time... I stumbled upon the DVDs for HOP and he got glasses. So I'm sure the DVDs aren't the true key to his reading problems, but he does like to watch the DVD (which we do out of order to line up with the CD version of the books). They are nothing super fabulous... honestly, they aren't, but my son is very visual, he does way better hearing the lady read the words and actually seeing the words on the screen one at a time than he ever did listening to either me or the CD walking him through the book.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Hooked on phonics, Old-vs-New

I've looked at a couple of older versions but I've never heard the CD's. We have the new version with the DVD's and my kids ask to watch them when we aren't doing school work. They don't watch much TV so maybe it's more entertaining to them than to other kids but they laugh and seem to really like it. My older son will still ask to go watch the preschool version with his brother.

I purchased my set pre-k - 2nd grade for $132. I remember googling for coupon codes and one gave me a large discount. This was several years ago.

We usually do 2-4 lessons a week because life happens. For the most part we've stuck with Hooked on Phonics. I tried a handful of lessons from a couple of other programs but my son didn't like it as well and I wanted something that had zero planning.

I sometimes hesitate to tell people this because I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or trying to produce a genius. My son is 4, he'll be 5 in March. He's 1/4 of the way through the first grade program and can read all of his lessons before I "teach" them. Let me also say he's a very hyper kid with a short attention span. We've always read aloud to our kids and I do think he likes books more than some of his friends so maybe that's why he's had such a desire to learn to read. He started sounding out books on his own at age 3. I'm such a fan of HOP...I'll probably by the Master Reader when we finish the Learn to Read program.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:05 AM   #4
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We use HOP (CD version but dont use the CDs at all). My 5yo is halfway through level 1 of grade 1. I didn't set out to use this but my Dad bought it at a discount store for $30 when my little guy was 3 and I couldn't stand to see it go to waste and I gave it a shot with fabulous results!

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:05 AM   #5
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I used HOP and one explode the code workbook for K and ended with Bob books. We had fun and she's a great reader now and math is her strong subject, not reading. I really liked HOP. Target here in Florida sells it now and it's like $30 per grade (really cheap IMO for such a good program). I used the old cd version. My dd loved their readers. I would alternate ETC wkbk and HOP- you just have to line up the same vowel lessons like do short e sounds in both curriculums that month or week, etc. then move onto short o in both, etc. BOB books are so much fun and helpful.
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