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We are in the process of looking at curricula to strengthen our phonics program. I believe this is critical as it forms the foundation for our writing and literature work to come. What we have in place right now is not working as a cohesive unit.
Currently we use Rockbridge in grades K-1 and begin an ACSI spelling curriculum in grade 3. Abeka was recently suggested as a fill in for 2nd grade. I am curious to see what other phonics/spelling curricula are lauded by other classical schools.
Do any of you use Rockbridge, Abeka, or ACSI Spelling? I'd like honest feedback on any of these or suggestions on anything else that works well for you.
We switched to "Spell to Write and Read" (SWR) about four years ago in our grammar school and it seems to be working well. Unlike other phonics programs, which only teach the most basic phonograms and some of the English spelling rules, SWR teaches all 70 (give or take a few) phonograms and gives a more complete set of spelling rules. While I don't have first-hand experience with it, my wife teaches it in fourth grade and so I hear a lot of good things about it.
Our first grade teacher is a certified SWR trainer. She wrote a short article called "Why Pure Phonics" on it last year in a school publication. You can read it here (pdf download).