Tuesday, February 23, 2010


We received a complete Kindergarten Abeka Reading program. We will be using this as our main reading material for now and supplement it with the Progressive Phonics.

100_2146This box contains 55 books. They are progressive in the reading skills.

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First set of Books

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Second Set of Books

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Third Set of Books

We started out today with the first book, titled Tim Can. I really liked the way these books are set up. As you all know I highly recommend Progressive Phonics, for number one they teach the word groups, such as all the at words are grouped together and so forth. These books take the skills from Progressive Phonics and mix them together.


For our first lesson I wrote the first 3 pages on our White Board, the words in Red are words that Selena knows from her progressive phonics, the words in black are words we have not covered yet. I love to use the white board, for a number of reasons, one being if Selena is getting confused by a couple of similar words such as Tim and tin, I can write them off to the side, and we can stop to take a look at why they are different. Another reason I like to use the white board is it takes all the pictures away, so Selena isn’t looking at the pictures just trying to guess at what the page says. This way she is actually working on reading the words.

By the end of the first lesson our white board looked like this:

100_2154 As you can see there is only one word that still has Selena stumped, the word it. We will work on these little words, such as is and it a little more. Now we haven’t even worked on short vowel u or letter blends in Progressive Phonics for the word fast. That was one of the first new words she shouted out. After we were finished with the white board work, we then read directly from the little book.

I am not sure at this point, but I like this reading program so well, I am even beginning to wonder if we will add the extra work of the Progressive Phonics. This is a decision I will make as we move forward.

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  1. You have great friends :) This set sounds perfect for beginner readers. I hope that Selena will take off quickly with it.

  2. I love reading about this because it gives me SO much insight on what to try with Maddie. I know that Natalie and Anna have great success with the Progressive Phonics, but this program sounds great, too. Keep the reviews and experience coming!

  3. That's the name, I was trying to remember the name of Progressive Phonics earlier today and had completely blanked.....
    What an awesome set to get, it looks wonderful!

  4. I'm just gearing up to start "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Lessons" with my last 3 year old. It's worked pretty well for all the rest, so I probably won't switch, but that set looks like it has a lot of potential.

  5. This looks like a great set! And I love the way you use the white board. That's a great idea.

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  6. I've been looking into the A Beka reading program. So, thanks for the information! We were given the Handbook for Reading and have started working through it. Thanks for the posting!

  7. I'm going to have to look into it. I think I need to be more structured in my approach with reading for Kaelyn.