I'm moving to 1st grade next year from Kindergarten and I'm trying to decide how I'll teach phonics. I need a plan!!! I looked at our curriculum map from last year and it looks like they did short vowels until DECEMBER!! :| I know if I try that with my kids they'll be bored to tears. What phonics program do you use? What do you do for your word study? Do you recommend any professional books? I'm looking for a program that I can follow all year. (Looking at the old curriculum map they bounced all over the place...short vowel a controlled r, short vowel i, blends..etc.) I hope this makes sense.