READING, SPELLING & WRITING
ABeCeDarian is a reading, spelling, and writing curriculum that we have successfully used so far with both children. We learned of this program through Moving Beyond The Page and couldn’t be more pleased. What I love is this particular reading program is it teaches kids how to read with fun, entertaining sentences, and sayings. Definitely, different than I was taught that’s for sure!
If you want your child to learn how to read, write, and spell often in less than 45 minutes a day 3-5 days a week, this is it right here! Their website is straightforward and easy to navigate and provides plenty of free sample material to be looked over before committing to purchasing.
Please note that there are Regular Versions and Short Versions. You can find out which one is best for you, along with many other FAQs here.
Each lesson in Level A combines:
- sound blending
- sound segmenting
- learning letter/sound correspondences
- reading and spelling words
Beginning instruction presents words such as sat, mop, and rug that is constructed out of a consonant, vowel, and consonant using only single-letter consonants and the so-called “short” vowels. The term “short” vowel is never used with the students. Each letter is referred to only by its sound.)
Unlike many programs that require students to learn many letter/sounds in isolation before reading words, in ABeCeDarian, the students will read terms from the very first lesson and begin reading short sentences in Unit 3.
After students master all the sounds for the single-letter consonants and vowels, they learn the two-letter combinations sh, ch, th,and ck.
The high-frequency words the, a, is, of, to, and I, are also presented in Level A. These words have sounds or spellings not otherwise presented at this level and are the only words learned as wholes, rather than being analyzed into their individual sounds.
Level A (Short Version) is a version of the materials designed especially for older, remedial students. It contains the same content as the regular Level A materials, but the lessons proceed at a much faster pace. Also, there is no handwriting instruction provided in the Short Version. This version of Level A is an excellent choice for first-grade age students who can read some words and have some blending skills. It is also an excellent choice for students age 7 and older who are non-readers or very beginning readers.
At this level, students learn that many sounds are spelled multiple ways and that many spellings represent more than one sound. This information is presented in the context of engaging sorting exercises contained in Student Workbooks B1 and B2. Specifically, students are given a sound and shown the various ways that the sound can be spelled. The so-called long-o sound can be spelled, for instance,oa, o-e, o, ow, oe, and ough. Students are given a list of words that they read and sort according to how the target sound is spelled. The terms for the sorting exercise are coded to make it clear which letters are representing which sounds. Specifically, there is a space between each graphene (i.e., the letter or letter combination used to spell a sound), and multiple letter graphemes are underlined. Thus the word boat is presented as b oa t.
Following the sorting exercise, students are presented with a list of 8 high-frequency words which, for the most part, contain the target sound for the unit. Students read these words, copy them, and then say each individual sound of the word as they underline how that sound is spelled.
Students continue to practice reading these words on the following page, which contains these target words displayed in 4 rows, each row presenting the terms in a different order.
Further practice reading these words is provided in each unit by having students read a series of sentences containing many of the words analyzed in the unit. Students practice reading these sentences until they achieve designated fluency targets. To ensure that students are paying attention to the meaning of the sentences as well as trying to read them quickly and accurately, each sentence is presented in a cloze format, with a single word missing. Students supply the missing word from two choices given at the end of the sentence. These sentences are “decodable.” That is, they have only the code that the students have been explicitly presented. The sentences in each unit focus on using high-frequency words that have the sounds and spellings the students sorted at the beginning of the unit.
In the course of all this work, students learn the multiple-letter vowel spellings (oa, ee, eigh, etc.), the past tense ending -ed, and simple yet effective techniques to read two-, three-, and four-syllable words.
Basic phonics instruction, which teaches how letters represent sounds, is vital in efficient reading instruction. However, as students read more complicated texts, there is another, more sophisticated level of word structure that they need to learn to easily read words such as obstruction, illegal, transportation, and invisible. This more advanced level of word structure involves prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
ABeCeDarian Student Workbook C provides students with engaging activities that will train them to recognize the most common and essential prefixes, suffixes, and root words easily and thus help them read longer terms accurately and fluently.
To spell words at this level correctly, students need to learn three spelling patterns that occur when suffixes are added to rate words. These patterns involve doubling the final consonant of abasing word (run / running), dropping a final “e” from a base word (hope / hoping) , and changing the final “y” of a base word to “i” (happy / happiness). The ABeCeDarian Spelling Patterns Workbook provides efficient and engaging practice so that students master these patterns, as well as when to use ck, tch, dge, and a doubled consonant before final le.
As students come to read more advanced material in science and history, they encounter words such as photosynthesis and democracy that contain roots from ancient Greek. ABeCeDarian Student Workbook D provides students with fast-paced and engaging exercises to help them read and spell these words easily as well as to learn what they mean.