America’s most successful reading program for Christian schools
Putting reading success within every student’s reach.
A Beka Book offers a treasury of wholesome, character-building readers and a variety of teaching materials that reflect the very best in scholarship, Scriptural fidelity, design, and practicality. You can put reading success within every student’s reach with America’s most successful reading program.
God raised up A Beka Book, a Christian textbook publisher affiliated with Pensacola Christian College, to provide Christian schools with God-honoring, high-quality textbooks and teaching aids. The hundreds of traditional Christian educational materials from A Beka Book have been developed and refined over a period of more than 55 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy, one of America’s largest and most respected Christian day schools. A Beka Book materials are built upon a foundation of Scriptural truth and are written by dedicated and talented Christian scholars well-grounded in the practical aspects of classroom teaching.
A Beka Book gives you a comprehensive, quality reading program that is extraordinarily effective.
“The children who are learning to read with this program are certainly blessed and will profit from this firm educational background for the rest of their lives.”—Rudolf Flesch (1911–1986) Noted author of Why Johnny Can’t Read
Turn your students into eager readers
The A Beka Book Reading Program uses fascinating stories that spark interest while building students’ character, skills, and understanding. The result is highly motivated, confident students who delight in the amount and variety of Scripturally sound literature available to them. Delightful classics and poetry, as well as stories and children’s novels, give students insight into their culture and their world while presenting Christian ideals and spiritual values.
Colorful illustrations instruct, inspire, and spark the imagination. Students also read the Bible as a regular part of their reading instruction, and because of the outstanding reading instruction, they are able to read the Bible accurately and with understanding from a very early age.
“A Beka® not only focuses on Christ, but weaves godly values, morals, principles, and quotations into every page!”—California
Complete Coverage of Essential Skills
Comprehension skills increase in direct proportion to how much reading they do. In the pamphlet What Works, the U.S. Department of Education stated, “Children improve their reading ability by reading a lot. Reading achievement is directly related to the amount of reading children do in school and outside. Unlike using workbooks and performing computer drills, reading books gives children practice in the ‘whole act’ of reading, that is, both in discovering the meaning of individual words and in grasping the meaning of an entire story.”
The purpose of vocabulary study is to enlarge the student’s speaking and listening vocabulary, to aid in his reading comprehension, and to help him develop an interest in and an appreciation for words. With the A Beka Book Reading Program, challenging, new words for each story are listed in the student book or in the teacher’s material. This vocabulary is thoroughly taught before students commence reading. Suggestions for practice with dictionary skills are given in the Curriculum Guides and Teacher Editions.
Attention to individual differences
In kindergarten through second grade, students are grouped to meet their individual reading needs. The needs of slower learners and higher achievers are provided for with activities, special teaching strategies, and practice within groups. Reduced versions of instructional charts are available for use with smaller groups. Materials are available to help older students who missed out on early phonics training and thus are having difficulty reading.
Comprehension and thinking skills
Early independence in reading is achieved by emphasizing word-analysis and comprehension skills. By the end of first grade, all students can read with comprehension and write with understanding.
Reading comprehension is emphasized throughout the series and is the focus of the Reading Skill Sheets for grades 3–6 and the Speed and Comprehension Readers for grades 4–6. Comprehension questions in the student readers or in the Teacher Edition call for students to summarize, reason, recall details, analyze words, understand concepts, or exercise their imaginations. Guided discussion provides students an opportunity to extend their thinking skills and apply their learning to other situations. Teachers who use discussion wisely can help children cultivate right thinking and attitudes that are based upon Scriptural truth.
Reading Skill Sheets (grades 3–6) are timed reading exercises followed by a comprehension quiz designed to teach students to recall information, notice implications, and use reasoning skills, as well as to enlarge students’; reading interests. Students are challenged to develop their reading speed and power of comprehension.
The Speed and Comprehension Readers Adventures in Other Lands (4), Adventures in Nature (5), and Adventures in Greatness (6) provide short, challenging, interesting selections that help students learn to read quickly for information, with a strong emphasis on comprehension skills.
Language 1 and Language 2 provide first and second graders with a wide variety of silent reading activities designed to increase their reading comprehension skills, give them practice with decoding words, and encourage their ability to write creatively. The history, science, and health books for all grades also promote reading comprehension.
Intensive phonics approach to reading
The A Beka Book Reading Program has been a success story nationwide for many years because it uses a superior phonics approach to beginning reading. This is an intensive phonics program, not just a sight reading program garnished with phonics. The intensive phonics approach is taught systematically throughout the kindergarten and lower elementary curriculum to ensure continued growth in skills.
Even though research continues to expose the deficiencies of the sight-memory method of teaching beginning reading, almost all reading programs today still use the sight-memory, or whole language approach. By adding a bit of phonics here and there, many of these programs give the appearance of phonics, but not the results. With an intensive phonics approach, even lower-ability students can learn to read successfully.
A Beka Book phonics teaches beginning students the short sounds of the vowels and then how to blend these sounds with a consonant. In a short time, students are able to read the hundreds of one-syllable words which have short vowel sounds. This allows students to feel a sense of accomplishment from the very beginning. Once they have mastered the simple words, they learn more sounds and longer words.
From the very beginning, phonics skills are applied in meaningful, character-building stories that correlate with the phonics concepts as they are learned. This program builds enthusiasm in parents and students and further helps to motivate students in learning with genuine, early achievement in reading.
Phonics skills are reinforced with daily seatwork, including phonics seatwork books, penmanship worksheets, and other classroom support materials that review the concepts taught in phonics instruction. The language, history, and science worktexts support the phonics foundation learned in reading. Even the words used in spelling lessons follow the phonics rules that students have learned. In this way, all materials in the lower elementary curriculum are correlated to build upon the phonics foundation.
“I have compared A Beka® Christian readers with secular readers for several grade levels and they are light-years apart. Secular readers are basically situational in nature which leads to situation ethics. Many texts are a collection of fables from around the world, often talking about gods and goddesses. In the lower elementary grades the stories are nonsense stories. In short, they don’t teach anything. After reading them I was hard-pressed to even remember what I read. In contrast, Christian stories are unashamedly Christian in nature and students learn something of value. These texts help the student grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. They teach character, values, patriotism, respect for authority, they point students to Christ, etc. Because they are inspirational in nature they can be read several times and enjoyed each time for the moral they teach.”—Donna Wyeth Thibodeau, M.Ed., C.G.R.S.
Goals and Objectives
- Decode the written language easily.
- Read with interest and comprehension.
- Read the Bible with understanding.
- Appreciate and enjoy good literature.
- Spell correctly.
- Develop good character traits.
- Acquire a large speaking and listening vocabulary.
- Recall facts easily.
- Write grammatically correct stories and poems.
- Read for knowledge and pleasure.
- Develops reading comprehension and thinking skills.
- Teaches students to become independent readers.
- Begins all students on the road to successful reading through intensive phonics instruction.
- Supplies an abundance of reading material.
- Incorporates Bible reading and patriotic character-building stories.
- Contains many of delightful classics from the storehouse of children’s literature.
- Involves parents in the reading success of their children.
- Provides Teacher Editions and Curriculum Guides that suggest methods of integrating the language arts program.
“I appreciate not only the beautiful pages, but also the clearly written teacher’s guides and especially the traditional approach to Christian education.”—Colorado
Choose from a wealth of support materials designed to satisfy any teaching preference.
Teacher Editions suggest ways to introduce each selection, questions for discussion, indication of character-building themes, and comprehension questions with answers.
Phonics and reading teaching aids work together with the readers for kindergarten through second grade to give a thorough, enjoyable, and highly teachable phonics approach to reading. Colorful phonics picture cards, charts, and games stir the natural enthusiasm of beginning readers. Through the second grade level, phonics seatwork books provide independent exercises that reinforce group phonics instruction and provide practice in word analysis skills and vocabulary building.
Curriculum guides devised by Christian teachers and administrators are available on each grade level, making available the accumulated wisdom of years of experience. These clear and complete day-by-day lesson plans for an entire year save the teacher hours of planning time and include textbook lists, yearly goals, and a variety of patterns and hints that make teaching a delight.