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Item #: 008873
ISBN: 9780941995320
Grades: PreK-2

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A complete, sensible, lesson-by-lesson phonics program by Sam Blumenfeld, an ardent advocate of literacy through phonics. Mr. Blumenfeld shows you simply and effectively how to teach a child to read, even supplying the lesson visuals in large type for beginners. Many, many thankful parents have testified to the success they've had in using this book with their children. There are no illustrations or distractions, just what is needed to learn and understand the phonetic system. A child begins to read words almost immediately, which seems infinitely more rewarding than a phonics program which insists on teaching all the sounds before the student actually puts them together to read a word.

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My 6-year-old son began Alpha Phonics a few days before his fifth birthday in February and by May was picking up a real book (not a Bob book) on his own initiative That's when I knew that HE knew he was a reader By age six he was reading on a 4th-grade level with excellent comprehension One of his favorite authors as a 6-year-old is E B White He is spelling at a 2nd-grade level with no studying Easy-to-use word-family format Student is reading words from the beginning which makes them feel very successful I like that it is a simple logical no frills approach: large print clean pages (no busy pictures to interfere with the words) short lessons which provide flexibility short instructions included for each lesson No preparation time required just sit down and read together!
December 6, 2003
I see I'm not the only one that likes Alpha Phonics! It's not a hefty book but it contains enough to help the child read My children too went through it easily and now they read great! Alpha Phonics teaches phonics in a simple and easy manner You'll start out with the vowel sounds short and long and progress to sentences that use the words with that sound And it's easy to use should you need to review with your child Really just open the book and begin it's that simple! Easy on the home educator and easy for the student
March 21, 2009
I absolutely love this book! I have been homeschooling for over twelve years and though my children are all in high school now I still keep this one gem on my shelf for that day when I will be able to teach my grandchildren how to read Fifteen minutes a day is all it takes to have your child reading their very first book in only two lessons I used The Fat Cat Sat on a Mat for the very first book that they could read all by themselves Within just a few weeks they were reading chapter books on their own Simple progressive phonics with no distracting illustrations has been perfect for my distractable children I recommend this book to everyone I know whether they are teaching or tutoring beginning or remedial reading skills I disassembled mine and put the pages in a binder with page protectors making it easy to keep notes on each child with their current lesson Each child also had a key ring to keep their letter cards for practicing their sounds The kids loved it because they could succeed with this program
September 4, 2009
Alpha-Phonics is a book that teaches children to read in a series of �lessons� that increase in difficulty What makes this different from many other reading programs is that it is just reading no bells and whistles no cartoons no fancy color pictures just combining sounds to form words That is the beauty of Alpha-Phonics because there is very little to distract a wiggly 5 year old To use this program effectively a child does need to have some knowledge of letters but they will learn the letter sounds as they go There are even some pages for kids who need to learn the letters firstFor example in Lesson One the child sees the �a� and says the �a� sound then sees a �t� and says the �t� sound then sees the a and t together and blends the sounds together to say �at� This is repeated several more times The child learns that reading is simply putting the sounds together to make words Since each lesson is short this book is appropriate for young children who don�t have the attention span to sit for too long This is a book that goes along well with just about any reading program or curriculum since it is so simple and can be used in short sessionsThis program proves that you don�t need hundreds of dollars to teach children to read! In the age of Hooked on Phonics and other reading programs that cost hundreds of dollars Alpha-Phonics is a breath of fresh air and hearkens back to a simpler time where reading was more about letters and sounds and less about frills and games I am using Alpha-Phonics right now with my son who is 4 and it is a great way to introduce the basics of reading in a way that is clear an not frustrating and confusing
April 7, 2011
I agree with the others' assessments of this book It is clear simple and easy to follow My four year old daughter benefited from me taking the info in the earlier lessons and putting them on notecards to practice more informally at first (the book intimidated her but the actual content she handled well)No teacher prep is needed My one recommendation is to buy two of them so you can have one where you might be multi-tasking (say at the kitchen sink) so you can listen and ensure your child is saying the right words without having to be right there looking over his/her shoulder Follow his advice though and take the first lessons as slowly as needed to avoid overwhelming the child Those first few lessons are foundational Once they get the initial sounds subsequent lessons go much faster naturally
April 12, 2008
I cannot say enough about this program I used it many years ago when my oldest was learning to read We went through the first few pages and in just minutes my little girl was reading Eight years later when my next child wanted to read I just wasn't sure if this "simple" approach would work for him With all the new "reading programs" that involve videos music and gadgets galore how could this simple inexpensive book do the job for a BOY?! Well it was perfect He learned to read just as easily as his sister did so many years before It's so simple and it really gives students confidence and a desire to learn as they are "reading" in just a few minutes!! I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone!!
August 7, 2007
Amazing!
I cannot brag this product up enough. I started working through this program with my son when he was 3. He is now 4 and he is progressing through the book wonderfully. Before we started the program I had him watch Leap Frog Letter Factory and/or the Amazing Alphabet daily. By the time he was 3 1/2, he was ready to begin Alpha Phonic. We work through Alpha Phonics slowly. If he gets through a lesson very easily, we move on to the next lesson the next day. If he struggles even a little, we repeat the lesson the next day. Also, when we come to a lesson that has four pages of word lists, we do one page a day. I would do the entire lesson in a day if he were not so young. After we finish a lesson, I have him write a few words off his word or if he reads sentences that day, I have him write a sentence. This way he practices reading and writing. We spend about 10 minutes a day completing an Alpha Phonics lesson.

The lessons are very easy to teach, there is a short explanation of how to teach the lessons in the back of the book. The instructions are short and could not be easier to understand. I have the computer disc with an explanation of the lessons. I used it a couple of times, but it is much easier for me to quickly read the instructions in the back of the book. Very very little teacher prep time with this program.

My son is my third child and I would have never dreamed of having a 4 year old who reads so well. The best part is, he is not pushed. He learns far more than he would at preschool and Alpha phonics requires very little of his time.

Users can also buy the workbook and/or readers. I personally do not believe either are necessary. I have no desire to add anything to the primer. However, I did read How to Tudor before starting Alpha Phonics. I highly recommend this book. It taught me a ton about teaching a child to read, write, and do arithmetic. I took thorough notes!

I strongly believe that anyone who tries Alpha Phonics could not honestly recommend any other program over Alpha Phonics. Alpha Phonics is quite simply as good as it gets.

I hope this helps someone. I write a great deal of reviews, but probably of everything I have ever reviewed, this is the item I recommend most.
September 12, 2016
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Heidi Y on May 26, 2016
I have heard very positive reviews about this book and decided to use it.
Kimberley H on Aug 23, 2016
This was recommended by a friend for my up and coming kindergartener.
Amber D on Jul 29, 2016
Referred by a friend
Heidi Y on May 26, 2016
My friend is a school teacher and a ESL teacher and uses this to teach her students how to read. So I decided to give it a try with my 3 going to be 4 year olds.
Maela K on Jan 18, 2016
Grand kids getting ready to read.
Brent G on Nov 12, 2015
This was recommended by a friend for my up and coming kindergartener.
Amber D on Jul 29, 2016
My friend is a school teacher and a ESL teacher and uses this to teach her students how to read. So I decided to give it a try with my 3 going to be 4 year olds.
Maela K on Jan 18, 2016
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    Category Description for Alphaphonics

    A complete, sensible, lesson-by-lesson phonics program by Sam Blumenfeld, an ardent advocate of literacy through phonics. Mr. Blumenfeld shows you simply and effectively how to teach a child to read, even supplying the lesson visuals in large type for beginners. Many, many thankful parents have testified to the success they've had in using this book with their children. There are no illustrations or distractions, just what is needed to learn and understand the phonetic system. A child begins to read words almost immediately, which seems infinitely more rewarding than a phonics program which insists on teaching all the sounds before the student actually puts them together to read a word.

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    My 6-year-old son began Alpha Phonics a few days before his fifth birthday in February and by May was picking up a real book (not a Bob book) on his own initiative That's when I knew that HE knew he was a reader By age six he was reading on a 4th-grade level with excellent comprehension One of his favorite authors as a 6-year-old is E B White He is spelling at a 2nd-grade level with no studying Easy-to-use word-family format Student is reading words from the beginning which makes them feel very successful I like that it is a simple logical no frills approach: large print clean pages (no busy pictures to interfere with the words) short lessons which provide flexibility short instructions included for each lesson No preparation time required just sit down and read together!
    December 6, 2003
    I see I'm not the only one that likes Alpha Phonics! It's not a hefty book but it contains enough to help the child read My children too went through it easily and now they read great! Alpha Phonics teaches phonics in a simple and easy manner You'll start out with the vowel sounds short and long and progress to sentences that use the words with that sound And it's easy to use should you need to review with your child Really just open the book and begin it's that simple! Easy on the home educator and easy for the student
    March 21, 2009
    I absolutely love this book! I have been homeschooling for over twelve years and though my children are all in high school now I still keep this one gem on my shelf for that day when I will be able to teach my grandchildren how to read Fifteen minutes a day is all it takes to have your child reading their very first book in only two lessons I used The Fat Cat Sat on a Mat for the very first book that they could read all by themselves Within just a few weeks they were reading chapter books on their own Simple progressive phonics with no distracting illustrations has been perfect for my distractable children I recommend this book to everyone I know whether they are teaching or tutoring beginning or remedial reading skills I disassembled mine and put the pages in a binder with page protectors making it easy to keep notes on each child with their current lesson Each child also had a key ring to keep their letter cards for practicing their sounds The kids loved it because they could succeed with this program
    September 4, 2009
    Alpha-Phonics is a book that teaches children to read in a series of �lessons� that increase in difficulty What makes this different from many other reading programs is that it is just reading no bells and whistles no cartoons no fancy color pictures just combining sounds to form words That is the beauty of Alpha-Phonics because there is very little to distract a wiggly 5 year old To use this program effectively a child does need to have some knowledge of letters but they will learn the letter sounds as they go There are even some pages for kids who need to learn the letters firstFor example in Lesson One the child sees the �a� and says the �a� sound then sees a �t� and says the �t� sound then sees the a and t together and blends the sounds together to say �at� This is repeated several more times The child learns that reading is simply putting the sounds together to make words Since each lesson is short this book is appropriate for young children who don�t have the attention span to sit for too long This is a book that goes along well with just about any reading program or curriculum since it is so simple and can be used in short sessionsThis program proves that you don�t need hundreds of dollars to teach children to read! In the age of Hooked on Phonics and other reading programs that cost hundreds of dollars Alpha-Phonics is a breath of fresh air and hearkens back to a simpler time where reading was more about letters and sounds and less about frills and games I am using Alpha-Phonics right now with my son who is 4 and it is a great way to introduce the basics of reading in a way that is clear an not frustrating and confusing
    April 7, 2011
    I agree with the others' assessments of this book It is clear simple and easy to follow My four year old daughter benefited from me taking the info in the earlier lessons and putting them on notecards to practice more informally at first (the book intimidated her but the actual content she handled well)No teacher prep is needed My one recommendation is to buy two of them so you can have one where you might be multi-tasking (say at the kitchen sink) so you can listen and ensure your child is saying the right words without having to be right there looking over his/her shoulder Follow his advice though and take the first lessons as slowly as needed to avoid overwhelming the child Those first few lessons are foundational Once they get the initial sounds subsequent lessons go much faster naturally
    April 12, 2008
    I cannot say enough about this program I used it many years ago when my oldest was learning to read We went through the first few pages and in just minutes my little girl was reading Eight years later when my next child wanted to read I just wasn't sure if this "simple" approach would work for him With all the new "reading programs" that involve videos music and gadgets galore how could this simple inexpensive book do the job for a BOY?! Well it was perfect He learned to read just as easily as his sister did so many years before It's so simple and it really gives students confidence and a desire to learn as they are "reading" in just a few minutes!! I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone!!
    August 7, 2007
    Amazing!
    I cannot brag this product up enough. I started working through this program with my son when he was 3. He is now 4 and he is progressing through the book wonderfully. Before we started the program I had him watch Leap Frog Letter Factory and/or the Amazing Alphabet daily. By the time he was 3 1/2, he was ready to begin Alpha Phonic. We work through Alpha Phonics slowly. If he gets through a lesson very easily, we move on to the next lesson the next day. If he struggles even a little, we repeat the lesson the next day. Also, when we come to a lesson that has four pages of word lists, we do one page a day. I would do the entire lesson in a day if he were not so young. After we finish a lesson, I have him write a few words off his word or if he reads sentences that day, I have him write a sentence. This way he practices reading and writing. We spend about 10 minutes a day completing an Alpha Phonics lesson.

    The lessons are very easy to teach, there is a short explanation of how to teach the lessons in the back of the book. The instructions are short and could not be easier to understand. I have the computer disc with an explanation of the lessons. I used it a couple of times, but it is much easier for me to quickly read the instructions in the back of the book. Very very little teacher prep time with this program.

    My son is my third child and I would have never dreamed of having a 4 year old who reads so well. The best part is, he is not pushed. He learns far more than he would at preschool and Alpha phonics requires very little of his time.

    Users can also buy the workbook and/or readers. I personally do not believe either are necessary. I have no desire to add anything to the primer. However, I did read How to Tudor before starting Alpha Phonics. I highly recommend this book. It taught me a ton about teaching a child to read, write, and do arithmetic. I took thorough notes!

    I strongly believe that anyone who tries Alpha Phonics could not honestly recommend any other program over Alpha Phonics. Alpha Phonics is quite simply as good as it gets.

    I hope this helps someone. I write a great deal of reviews, but probably of everything I have ever reviewed, this is the item I recommend most.
    September 12, 2016
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    I have heard very positive reviews about this book and decided to use it.
    Kimberley H on Aug 23, 2016
    Referred by a friend
    Heidi Y on May 26, 2016
    I have heard very positive reviews about this book and decided to use it.
    Kimberley H on Aug 23, 2016
    This was recommended by a friend for my up and coming kindergartener.
    Amber D on Jul 29, 2016
    Referred by a friend
    Heidi Y on May 26, 2016
    My friend is a school teacher and a ESL teacher and uses this to teach her students how to read. So I decided to give it a try with my 3 going to be 4 year olds.
    Maela K on Jan 18, 2016
    Grand kids getting ready to read.
    Brent G on Nov 12, 2015
    This was recommended by a friend for my up and coming kindergartener.
    Amber D on Jul 29, 2016
    My friend is a school teacher and a ESL teacher and uses this to teach her students how to read. So I decided to give it a try with my 3 going to be 4 year olds.
    Maela K on Jan 18, 2016
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