Explode the Code is a favorite among homeschoolers, and can be used as a primary phonics curriculum or as a supplement to another phonics program. The program is available both as a workbook series and online.
The workbook series consists of Books A, B, and C for grades K through 1, Books 1-8 for grades 1-4, and books numbered ½ (1 ½ - 4 ½) for extra practice. The books contain child-friendly drawings and predictable exercises that provide students with the consistency they need to work independently with confidence.
Workbooks A through 8 teach phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension and handwriting using the direct instruction method. Beyond the Code books are available, and contain additional comprehension exercises.
Parents can purchase teacher's guides to assist with instruction and and use placement tests to correctly position their children in the workbook series.
Explode the Code Online is a comprehensive online phonics program for grades K through four. The online program is delivered through a game-like system with rewards built in to make learning fun and engaging, and allow students to work independently.
Work is continuously assessed and monitored to keep students on track and identify areas that need work. Parents may access the continuous, real-time reporting system which reports progress, lists skills mastered, and identifies potential problem areas.
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Pros and Cons of ETC
We used Explode the Code Books 1 & 1 1/2 for Kindergarten from June 2010-March 2011. Likes: Covers a lot of material, helps with spelling, handwriting …
Advantages of Explode the Code
We used Get Ready, Get Set, Go for the Code and Levels 1-4 of Explode the Code for phonics from 2002-2009. Likes: I like how the Explode the Code books …
Reviews of Explode the Code
We used levels PK-8 of Explode the Code for phonics from 2000-2006. I used Explode the Code beginning with the Get Ready, Get Set, Go, series with all …
Explode the Code Reviews
We used the K level 3 books set - Book 8 of Explode the Code beginning in 1999. Likes - Because the lessons are similar my children became very familiar …