Alpha Phonics

February 27, 2013

Juliet asked me teach her to read the spring before she started kindergarten. We bought a simple phonics primer and set to work. I would say it took about 5 months of working on it before it all "clicked" in her mind and she began reading successfully on her own.

A few weeks ago, we finished the little primer we started with (we have also been reading actual story books along with the primer phonics lessons) and I was not sure what we should do next.

Obviously, we will continue reading real books that we own and that we check out from the library (she is currently into joke books!)

But I want to make sure all the phonics lessons are planted firmly in her head, so I was excited when  Alpha-Phonics contacted me and offered to send a review copy of their book.

Since she can already read fairly well, we will probably skip over several of the initial lessons (where they teach individual letter sounds, etc), but I feel like reviewing all the blends and vowel sounds are a good way to spend the remainder of the school year.

I'll review it completely after we have finished it, but for now, I can see that I like the format and the short simple lessons. We don't have the time (or desire) to sit for long periods of time doing complicated  lessons with a lot of props and worksheets, but just opening up a book, talking about a particular sound, practicing a few words and moving on is good for us.

I think this would also have been an excellent starting point--if I had known about it several months earlier. If you are looking for something with a little more direction than what we started with originally, this seems to be just the thing. There is a section in the back that details what to do for each lesson--which is helpful especially if you don't know what you are doing (like me!)

Have any of you used this program before? What are your thoughts? I'll keep you updated on our progress in a few months!

This book was sent to me for review purposes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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