I like this book because the font is similar to what a child will read in their own books. The words start out simple and then sounds are added to the word. Another thing I like about this book is that it seems to focus on having the phonics flow better than other programs. Instead of teaching /c/ /a/ /t/ = /cat/ it first teaches /a/ /t/ = /at/ then teaches /c/ /at/ =/cat/. I feel this helps the child later when learning rhyme and also diphthongs.
Another thing that was helpful for our family is the fact that Alpha-Phonics doesn't have illustrations. The child must read the sentence. He cannot look at the picture for clues to what the sentence might say.
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 or fancy color pictures, just combining sounds to form words. The beauty of Alpha-Phonics, is there is very little to distract a wiggly 5 year old.
The child learns that reading is simply putting 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.
In the age of Hooked on Phonics and other reading programs costing 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 - it's a great way to introduce the basics of reading in a way that is clear an not frustrating and confusing.
has teacher and student lessons in it