Parents who wish to teach their children to read at home will find Alpha-Phonics particularly useful, as it does not have a classroom format which would need to be adapted for home-school use.
Alpha-Phonics requires almost no teacher preparation. The 128 lessons are self-explanatory. However, a teacher's manual is provided offering practical suggestions for each lesson.
Alpha-Phonics is printed in large, clear calligraphy suitable for beginning readers. The lesson pages were carefully designed to eliminate distraction and to focus the pupil's full attention on the work at hand.
Alpha-Phonics contains a section of pre-reading alphabet exercises to aid in letter recognition before beginning the reading program.
Alpha-Phonics produces significant results when used as little as ten minutes a day.
Alpha-Phonics uses a phonogram approach. One vowel is presented at a time and reading skills are developed by studying all the possible word families of that vowel before moving to the next vowel.
It provides extensive word lists and practice sentences to reinforce basic skills. As the pupil becomes more advanced, library books may be used for supplemental reading practice. While no separate readers are necessary, we do offer a set of readers which are closely coordinated to the material in the book itself.
The word lists and practice sentences in Alpha-Phonics can be used for spelling and handwriting practice, so separate spelling or handwriting programs are unnecessary. Suggestions are given for introducing cursive handwriting.