Why is it here!
The author of this resource has spent $1000's on educational resource materials. Many of these now sit idle in boxes in the shed gathering dust, mildew and mice droppings. Whether the mice are learning anything is doubtful but they certainly enjoy using the books as a mice-nursery and exposing their little ones to all this educated material. There is no end to the writing of books and no end to how many resources you can buy. This resource will save you lots of money in comparison to other ABC curriculums, especially if you have several young students to teach.
Our high standard
This Deluxe ABC's learn to read ecourse is different than the usual syllabus. With your patience, perseverance and your daily enthusiastic input, your young student will achieve the goals you set out for him or her in no time at all. If you feel that cursive letters are to difficult or inappropriate for your student print the many 'alternative letters' instead.
Who is it for?
The deluxe ABC's learn to read ecourse is written for 4½ - 6½ year old children. It can be used in schools as a stand-alone teaching tool or use by those who wish to teach their child to read and write at home. It is also ideal as a supplementary resource for students who are not coping well in the education system or for those who would like more advanced tutoring materials.
How long will it take?
It is not how fast you complete the lessons, it is how well you have taught your student the letter sounds and letter formation. It is important to show your student how each letter is formed when he or she starts writing them. Letter formations are shown in the tutorial with the aid of a chart. The duration of this ecourse completely depends upon each individual. As a rough guide, your student should have mastered all letters, letter sounds, numbers 1 - 20 and basic words within 6 months. Don't worry though if they take longer, it is better to take longer and achieve excellent results than to rush through the ecourse and cause serious learning problems later on. These problems crop up over and over again in main stream education, where literacy and numeracy skills are often rushed and below standard results are the outcome. I believe this problem is due because there are to many other unnecessary extra curricular activities added.
35 letter sounds
The 35 letter sounds and numbers are placed in the order of how they should be taught. It is recommended to follow this sequence for the best results. However ... if you know of a different sequence, you feel is much better, then you can easily adapt the lessons to suit your teaching style, that is the beauty of this resource. It is fully adaptable and can be integrated in any other existing curriculum. Four main teaching methods are described on the following page .... Reading Methods for further information.
Handy tip - letter cards
It is recommended to use each coloured letter as indicated from each lesson plan and laminate these. They will last longer and can be hung on the wall or handled by your students. These colourful letter cards can also be incorporated with games and activities. Laminating them will ensure that they last for the duration needed.
If you have the time, patience and organizational skills, file your ABC material properly as you download them from the ecourse, it is recommended to print your lesson plan and associated worksheets. Laminate the colourful letters beforehand, file your lesson plans and worksheets in a plastic sleeve binder. By being organized you will save your time and money. It is not wise to let your student wait while you're photocopying or printing, it is not only your student/s who will loose interest and enthusiasm quickly... you will too.
There are a variety worksheets and letters to print for your student simply print the ones you need. It is not essential to complete every worksheet but recommended. It may take two days to complete all worksheets in each lesson, depending on the student.
The methods in this ecourse have been fully tested on home tutored children and school children. Some of these children now attend University and other tertiary colleges and are all excelling because of a good initial grounding. You need dedication, perseverance and plenty of patience. For those home schooling don't drop your bundle if you have hit a few rough spots on the way. Be thankful for the rough spots, it shows your child's weaknesses and you can concentrate on improving these. Teaching your child to read and write is one of the most rewarding missions in your life! Be organized and take one day at a time, don't let others interfere with your goals. Well meaning people can do a lot of damage to your confidence. If you know such people it may be better to avoid them as they can hinder you and your child from achieving a very important milestone in both your lives. Hang on to those people who encourage you in your efforts, you could even ask them to help occasionally. Check out the Reading Methods and Guide for Parents.
Art and Games
Some games and activities are suggested but there are many more ideas available. If you are not very creative yourself, try your local library for some activity books. Start collecting toilet rolls, al-foil, old tubs, tins, boxes etc. for art activities. Buy child safe glue, paints and drawing materials. Outdoor games are healthy and will stir your child's imagination. Look at trees, flowers, insects, rocks, birds, the sky, grow plants or vegetables, check out ponds, streams or rivers. Always closely supervise all your activities, accidents can happen quickly so keep a watch out!
Over 300 printable pdf's are provided in this ecourse and this assortment of resources and the full learning to read and write program are made available to you at a very low cost. We all know how important it is to have good literacy. This ecourse includes colour alphabet letter printables, black and white alphabet letter printables, numbers, tracing and writing words, and bonus stories and audio files.