Alpha-Phonics Book

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

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Publisher: Paradigm Company

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If your kid isnt getting this yet just wait a little longer. I have had two of my kids teach themselves to read at 3 and one who didnt read till 10 and two who are on track and one who is just starting to get this at 7. It varies but the program is great. If you push your kid too hard they can shut down and it can be worse for them in the long run.
March 4, 2019
5 months ago
This book has been a big help getting my 4 year old Grandaughter started on her letters and sounds. It is very helpful with the guide at the back of the book.
March 15, 2018
1 year ago
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
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 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
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 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
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
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I used this over 15 years ago to teach my son. It was successful. I am now a GED instructor and I am going to teach a 37 year old woman who is illiterate.When I was given the challenge I could only think about using this book.
Teresa T on Jul 10, 2019
Best book for strong foundation in reading. It worked for my daughter. I am buying the book for a friend.
Kemilembe M on Nov 6, 2018
I used this over 15 years ago to teach my son. It was successful. I am now a GED instructor and I am going to teach a 37 year old woman who is illiterate.When I was given the challenge I could only think about using this book.
Teresa T on Jul 10, 2019
Simple lessons
Clare S on Jan 14, 2019
Best book for strong foundation in reading. It worked for my daughter. I am buying the book for a friend.
Kemilembe M on Nov 6, 2018
Recommended to me as one of the best teaching methods.
Leigh T on Aug 24, 2018
I like the technique shared by homeschooler Jady A on utube - so want to try with my 4 year grandson that will start kindergarten next year 2019
Wanda L on Aug 4, 2018
Its Amazing!
Marilyn E on Jul 31, 2018
Planning to use as combo remediation for a student and teaching my 3.5 year old to start to read this fall.
Asa R on Jul 27, 2018
Jennifer B on Apr 20, 2018
To help asian immigrant friends speak our language.
ED S on Apr 16, 2018
Very simple and easy to teach. I used it with my first and gave it away. Now I am buying it again for my youngest.
Anthony M on Apr 9, 2018
After 8 kids our book was literally falling apart, so this is a replacement for my last student. No frills, no color, just straight phonics.
Carrie S on Mar 29, 2018
Teacher recommendations from Facebook kindergarten teachers
jatinder k on Mar 15, 2018
I used this years ago and would like to try it with several tutoring students before passing it on to my granddaughter and her parents.
Linda S on Jan 30, 2018
Good reviews from other parents.
Manda M on Jan 12, 2018
A friend recommended this and we've loved it. It's very simple, but slowly builds on the previous knowledge base.
Katrina H on Jan 12, 2018
Recommended as a good reading curriculum for young kids
Amanda B on Nov 29, 2017
Friend recommended it to me as well as her daughter who is middle school age
Cruz H on Aug 26, 2017
This is part of my solution to helping my struggling learner to read. I'm very thankful that this book is picture free as my easily distracted and imaginative son was far to distracted by other books. This simple method is perfect for what we need right now.
User on Jul 10, 2017
Because this was recommended by a YouTuber that I follow to teach my 5 year old the phonics and the vowels and how to read. I might tell my neighbor about this book so that she may get it to help her struggling daughter.
Antoinette W on Jun 29, 2017
Based on online reviews and the information in your catalog, it seems that it provides adequate instruction for the student and support for the parent.
Patricia S on Jun 21, 2017
Simplicity and clean organization of phonics. No fancy distractions.
Amanda M on Jun 13, 2017
i chose this in order to teach beginners to read and comprehend
Roland P on Apr 13, 2017
Solid, affordable phonics learning.
Regina S on Apr 1, 2017
I like the book. I am using it with an adult literacy student.
Marilyn C on Jan 18, 2017
I heard great things about it, and it seems like a good fit for my preschooler.
Deborah S on Jan 4, 2017
came highly recommended from my mother in law who homeschooled her six kids
User on Dec 17, 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
Simple lessons
Clare S on Jan 14, 2019
Recommended to me as one of the best teaching methods.
Leigh T on Aug 24, 2018
Do you feel your child can decode unfamiliar words well? Are they facing hard words at the end of the book? I get that this gives them confidence early on, but did they just become an average reader in later elementary? What did you use for spelling?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I felt like this book had a very thorough approach to teaching reading. I like how it was broken up (a list of words one day, sentences another). That helped my daughter not get too overwhelmed on a daily basis. As for how this book will help their reading level, I have children who excel in reading and children who struggle, but are at grade level, and with all of them I have found it is more about the material that is used outside of school. Their reading level soared once they found a subject of book that was interesting to them. When they discover for themselves that books can take them places mentally, that's when they become fantastic readers.

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.
Did you use another phonics program after completing Alpha-Phonics?
Elyse M on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. My oldest learned to read before finishing the book. Youngest seems to be on the same path. Once my kids have the basic sounds down, they don't need to learn every single variation in the book. Like the last lessons (132 or something) cover words like wrestle and wring. I just teach those as we read books once they have the basics. It's a great book and very simple.
What grade level are they reading at after completing Alpha-Phonics?
A shopper on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't know how to test this, but we haven't fully completed it. We used it, with other things, for Kindergarten and now 1st grade and our daughter can read well.
Is this a paperback or spiral bound book?
A shopper on Nov 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is paperback. It's an easy fix to cut the binding off and add your own spiral bound at an office supply store though!
Is this the new 2016 version?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The back page does say Feb. 7th 2016.
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