Learn to Read / Improve Your Child's Reading Level with Explode the Code

Summary:  Teaching phonics to your homeschooled preschooler or elementary kid is not hard to do.  Explode the Code homeschool phonics and reading curriculum is fun to do.  It starts in preschool and goes through 6th grade.  It includes spelling, reading, and more, and made my daughter a very strong reader.  Note - This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for a good, easy-to-use, phonics program?  How about a well-researched phonics program?  Or are you looking for a way to help your child improve their reading and spelling skills?

Explode the Code offers all of these, and it is a very popular phonics, spelling and reading program that my daughter loved to use.  It provides a well researched way to introduce phonics and improve your child's reading skills at any level, K through 6th grade.

First, let's look at the books for pre-readers....

Explode the Code Primers

In our homeschool, we started off with the Explode the Code Primers, when my daughter was five.  She loved working in her these books!   First thing in the morning, she would ask for her Explode the Code book.

 All three Primers make a complete introduction to phonics for your young learners!

The Primers series includes:
  • Get Ready for The Code (Book A)
  • Get Set for The Code (Book B)
  • Go for the Code (Book C)

Each primer introduces a group of consonants and their sounds, with fun activities to do on each page.  

Each lesson follows the same pattern, which makes it fun and predictable for young learners to use.  Each of the lessons consists of the following activities.........click here to read more.

The Primers prepared my daughter for the first grade book in this series, called Explode the Code, Book 1Let's look at what's included in that book....

Explode the Code, Book 1

Book 1 moves on to a study of the vowels and introduces basic phonics patterns.  Each lesson, again followed the same format, and my daughter quickly became independent in her work.  

Through the phonics, early reading work, spelling, writing and copying in the book, my daughter soon was ready for early readers.
This program did not require any preparation on my part.  

It was also full of the child drawn illustrations that had already caught my daughter’s eye!   Meanwhile, she was learning all her phonics skills! ......click here to read more about this book and their online options too.  

The Explode the Code series goes all the way through 6th grade. 

Explode the Code Book 1 through 6th Grade

Build your child into a strong reader!  That is what we did. Explode the Code continues to develop your child's reading skills each year, step by step, teaching more advanced phonics.

Explode the Code is a phonics based program I consider invaluable in helping my daughter learn to read, and continue to build her reading skills up for later middle and high school level reading.

Now she is a senior in college, and reading all those college research articles and long text assignments was not a problem for her.

Having a strong foundation in phonics and reading early on, gave her the skills needed to build on for success later in college. 

For more information or to purchase the printed workbooks, please click here

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Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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  1. These look fantastic for beginning readers! I love that they helped you with your daughter! Thank you so much for sharing this at the #SHINEBlogHop!

  2. Thanks, Echo A, from the #SHINEBlogHop, for your nice comments! This really helped my daughter to learn to read, and to continue to improve her reading skills, through their 6th grade books, too!

  3. For phonics I have a 350 page workbook for my daughter "Complete Canadian Reading - Grade 1". She works in it most days. It's colourful and appealing looking, so that my daughter wants to do, which is always important. Thanks for linking this up to the Learning Kid Link-Up. I enjoy learning about new curriculum and homeschooling ideas.

    1. Thanks, Melanie Thomas, for sharing your success with Complete Canadian Reading, Grade 1. And thanks for stopping by!


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