Abeka has been successfully training
young readers for more than 40 years, teaching basic reading skills using phonics.
Our phonics approach isn’t just sight-reading that’s been garnished with phonics.
It’s systematic. It’s thorough. And it works. With a solid foundation for developing
exceptional reading skills, students begin reading actual words very early.
Once they can read words, their newly
acquired phonics skills are applied. They read character-building stories that
correlate with the phonics concepts they have already learned. Our phonics program
is reinforced with daily seatwork activities that include words with special sounds
(phonics rules) and sentence comprehension.
In fact, this phonics approach is
carried through in all areas of classroom teaching. Our Kindergarten handwriting
books, for example—Writing with Phonics K4 and Writing with Phonics K5—correlate
with our basic phonics program to help students learn and review phonics as they
practice correct writing formation.
Cursive or Manuscript?
Abeka offers you a choice in your
approach to teaching penmanship. However, we have long observed that by starting
with cursive writing rather than manuscript printing, students develop good writing
habits from the very beginning. Either way, Kindergarten students learn to write in
a matter of months with our approach—cursive or manuscript.