The "Alphabet Program" is a powerful method to teach phonics and early reading skills to young learners. This program was developed in correlation with today's best teaching practices based on a "balanced literacy framework".
The program time frame is flexible to accomodate your teaching style and ideal timeline. If you followed the program, many of your core curriculum outcomes would be met.
Continue reading to learn how the program works and what all is included.
Learn how the "alphabet readers" and other follow-up activities are used to teach the alphabet and other early reading skills by watching the following video!
The Alphabet Program is available with the Ultimate Bundled Package.
With the Ultimate Bundle Package you have access to:
You have many choices of readers to choose from when you purchase the Alphabet Program. Even if you do not use the readers for introducing the alphabet letters and their related sounds in meaningful context, they are great to use for guided reading groups, Daily 5 and for teaching beginning reading skills. The readers are also available in black and white and each includes an interactive component that enhances reading comprehension.
If you missed it listed under "How the Program Works", see how the Alphabet Emergent Readers are used in the Alphabet Program by watching the following video.
This is another option that was explained in the video above. In the links below you can access a page from the teacher blackline masters booklet and also a page from the student booklet. This will help you better understand how this option works. This offers alternative to using the alphabet readers. Your students will still be exposed to the letters in a meaningful context. Introducing the letters would follow the same format as explained in the Video.
>Sample from the Teacher Blackline Masters
>Sample from the Student Alphabet Printing Book
Visual Stimulus for the Bulletin Board
Also included are pictures to be used for the bulletin board display. The photograph is a sample. These are great visuals for the students to use as a reference!
Animated Alphabet Song Video
Students will enjoy learning the alphabet by singing the alphabet song and copying the movements of the animated characters featured in the video below.
The PDF document found in the link below offers even more information about the program.
Below you will find a mini lesson plan on introducing a new letter sound. The video demonstrates how the plans can be implemented.
Connection to Literature
Read the book "Hello Robots" by Bob Staake to the children. Point out the letter "r" and its related sound in relation to the word "robot".
Introducing the Letter "r" Through the Reader "Ronnie Robot"
In the link below you will find a sample alphabet reader that introduces the letter "r" within its story context. The video demonstrates how the reader can be used and follow-up activities that can be incorporated.
>Reader Ronnie Robot No Interactive Component
>Reader Ronnie Robot With Interactive Component
Follow-up Activities Using Name Alliterations
The reader makes use of alliteration. This can be followed-up by making class name alliterations. This a very effective phonemic awareness activity.
For example, if you have the names Tina and Tim in your classroom an alliteration could be: Tiny Tina tickles tall Tim.
Follow-up Activity (Pictured on the left)
The follow-up picture menmonic activity would be to paint the letter "r" to resemble a rainbow. In the "Space Theme" there is a template to make a "robot" to represent the letter and its corresponding sound as displayed in the photograph.
Rolling Dice Phonics Game (Pictured on the right)