I use Words Their Way with students from 5-14 and it has been great for all of them. The students learn through sorting the words to develop a deep understanding of how words work. It is meant for a small group setting. If you have that option, or can rotate groups in a larger classroom, I highly recommend it!
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I am an AIS reading teacher and my students seem to enjoy phonics tales which are books that have one particular phonic blend in the book. There are colorful pictures for picture cues and vocabulary enhancement. They also seem to like alphabet sounds teaching tubs....which can also be used for phonic instruction.
Oh, and I forgot to add that I'm an ELL teacher, so the "say it and lay it" approach to the word sorts gives teachers lots of opportunities to focus on pronunciation of vowels, blends, dipthongs, etc. Good luck with your search!
Lively Letters is a great program that personifies each of the letters. It's very engaging and our ELL students love learning about each "character." http://www.readingwithtlc.com/lively-letters.html
Hope this helps,
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