Early this school year I switched my daughter to Explode the Code phonics. Explode the Code is a series of phonics workbooks that take a child gently and progressively through phonics skills. I have focused on phonics-based reading instruction rather than sight words. At this point the only sight word we have covered is “the.” It is a commonly occurring word that doesn’t fit in early phonics instruction.
In January I took a little video of my daughter completing a couple pages in the Explode the Code 1 workbook. You will probably notice that I don’t correct handwriting at all here. At this point, correcting handwriting will add a level of difficulty that will not help her phonics skills. Handwriting is covered separately.
When we started with the Fun Tales book we would only read a page or two. At the time of the video she was reading 4 pages, and a couple months later she was able to read the entire 8 page book. We read through each book twice before moving on to the next book.