Get Ready for the Code

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There are a few curriculum choices that have and will remain consistent through all three of my children.  One of those is the Get Ready for the Code series of workbooks.  And as I’m planning ahead for my little guy who will probably jump into simple workbooks within the next year, Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code and Go for the Code are on my list of phonics to-do’s.

Why do I like this early learning curriculum so much?

  • They’re simple for me to use.
  • They’re short and sweet for my preschooler.  There’s only one type of activity per page, which keeps a preschooler’s attention much better than a busy page.
  • Each book focuses in-depth on only 6-8 lower-case consonants, giving my child lots of practice with each letter.
  • They cover letter recognition, letter formation, letter sounds, relating beginning sounds to pictures, left-right orientation, and using small motor skills.
  • They’re black and white.  Yep, you heard right, I LIKE that they text and pictures are in black and white.  With preschoolers, I feel like too much color can actually distract them from the task at hand.
  • Within each book, letter comparisons are made.  In other words, after learning three letters, there will be a worksheet that asks the child to distinguish in some way between those letters.
  • And, maybe most importantly, my first two children found the workbooks to be fun.  They never complained and actually liked having their own “school work” to do.

Once finished with all three books, a preschooler should be ready to dive into more formal phonics lessons such as those covered in the Explode the Code series which begins in Kindergarten.  I like this series, too, but will save its review for another post.

There is one teacher’s guide available to cover all three of the Get Set for the Code books, but I’ve never seen it so I won’t give my opinion one way or another.  I will tell you that I’ve never found a teacher’s guide necessary.  Although, the description on their website says it gives additional teaching ideas and reinforcement activities which could prove to be helpful.

Honestly, you could probably find plenty of phonics workbooks for $1.00 at the local dollar store, but I really like the planned progression of these books.  And for only $6.00-$7.00 each, it doesn’t put a large dent in my pocketbook.

I’d love to hear your early phonics favorites!

-Written by Cindy, an eclectically Charlotte Mason mom of three.  You can find her blogging at Our Journey Westward and Shining Dawn Books.

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The biggest reason Cindy chose to homeschool was because she loves experiencing life with her children and watching them grow inside and out. She's sure that’s why the Charlotte Mason method first caught her attention. It allows her to be creative in scheduling, rigorous in learning, yet opens the door for plenty of close-knit time, opportunities for her children to explore their interests and offers enough free time for them to be children. She implements many of Charlotte Mason's methods with an eclectic twist of things that work for her family! Besides writing on her blog, Our Journey Westward, you can find her NaturExplorers studies and other creative curricula at Shining Dawn Books.


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  • Alicia May 5, 2010, 7:36 am

    I LOVE Explode the Code! I started with the first book late in the year with my 4-year-old and he loved it. I’ll buy the next two to do either over the summer or in the fall.
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  • LaToya May 5, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I just got these for my 4 year old son. He’s been begging me to teach him to read for a year. I was going through the first book trying to get a feel for how much time we’d spend on each letter and he was over the moon about it and wanted to start right away.
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  • Samantha May 5, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I was just looking at these today! I will go back and order, thanks!
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  • Kathy September 22, 2010, 11:08 am

    I got the Explode the Code book 1 for my son who is already sounding out words and it didn’t work for us because it starts out requiring him to write out the words. He can read but had not mastered writing yet. This workbook is not created for children who are capable of one but not the other.

    We are now trying Phonics Museum from Veritas Press. So far we have only done two lessons and I think we will have to skip ahead because it literally starts with the assumption that he knows nothing.

    Ironically I really recommend the DVD titled Letter Factory by Leap Frog. My four year old and two year old watched this only a few times before they both knew all the letters and their sounds by name and sight. It’s only about $10 at Target or Amazon.

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  • Cindy September 22, 2010, 11:15 am

    Kathy, thanks for adding your viewpoints and suggestions. I think it’s so important that people tell the positive and negative experiences they have had to help us see curriculum from every angle. I wish others would add comments such as yours more often!

    I’ll be looking into the Letter Factory DVD!

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