Alpha-Phonics Book (Library Edition)
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. Note: This edition does not include the book on CDROM. 168 pgs, pb ~ Janice
Alpha-Phonics is a straight-forward phonics program showing you simply and effectively how to teach a child to read, even supplying the lesson visual in large type for beginners. There are no illustrations or distractions, just what is needed to learn and understand the basic phonetic system. Lessons for students to read are found at the beginning of the book with complete teaching instructions and tips found at the end of the book. Many, many thankful parents have testified to the success they have experienced by using this book with their children. The Print Book is a bound volume with an Addendum of Helps for the Parent with teaching tips; does not include CD-ROM. Alpha-Phonics is also available on Flash Drive with audio instructions from the author, Sam Blumenfeld. Little Companion Readers is a small-format softcover book containing ten stories, each roughly 10 pages. Stories reinforce skills learned in Alpha-Phonics including: short vowel sounds, consonants, blends, and digraphs. The Companion Workbook provides extra worksheet practice. There is an "order of lessons sheet" to help coordinate the worksheets with the books. Activities include fill-in-the-blank, matching, underlining, and circling. Answers are provided along with a syllabication practice section.
Programs in this section focus primarily on teaching children to read, and may not provide comprehensive instruction in reading comprehension, spelling, writing, or other language skills. Arranged roughly by grade.
I found this book to do a great job of teaching my children enough for them to pick up books on their own and start reading.
8 months ago
over 2 years ago
over 3 years ago
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.