Early Reading made fun and easy! ABC Discovery Kindergarten Curriculum combines systematic phonics with hands-on learning activities that are easy to teach and fun for everyone.
“ABC Discovery phonics and beginning reading program
is one of the most thorough on the market today. It does an excellent job of teaching the sound-symbol correspondence using research-based methods. Even students who seem to be struggling will learn to read using this program.”
LuAnne Schendel, Elementary Principal at Orangewood Christian School, Orlando, FL
The ABC Discovery Kindergarten Curriculum includes the book, ABC Discovery (a full color 119 page book), downloadable music, an Instructor’s Manual*, Worksheets and Visuals for hands-on learning (to be used as copy masters), and a Phonetic Reader. *The Manual includes a Workshop that provides the instructor with information that is useful in the teaching of reading.
NOTE: Click here to scroll down to videos showing these materials being used in a group of children at the bottom of this page.
Lessons 1 – 7 are as follows:
(Typically, two days are spent on each lesson.)
The instructor uses the Letter Friend as a puppet and pretends it is greeting the child, as seen below in the blurb. The question-answer method is used to make the child aware of the way the letter sound is made. The child ‘examines’ each letter sound by placing her hand in front of her lips to feel the air – and on her throat to feel the vibration that accompanies the letter sound. This helps to strengthen the connection between the letter sound and the letter symbol.
The teacher reads the rhyme for that letter from ABC Discovery and the child picks out the objects that begin with the letter sound.
The child may use “Sticks ‘n Circles” to learn letter shape and stroke order.
A worksheet for each letter provides opportunity for the child to practice writing the letter and review letter sounds while coloring the pictures.
Recommended for group learning: Colored figure graphics that may be downloaded, printed out and used on flannel or magnetic surfaces when working with a group of young children. A teaching script for each letter accompanies the pictures. Each letter lesson begins with the letter person (as “Billy B”, see above), telling the children how to make its letter sound, and concludes with a story about that letter. (See video, “Sample Group Lesson” at bottom of page and
Item 004 on the ‘Store Page’.
Key Pictures and Manuscript Letters are cards that may be used to play “memory match” and other learning games.
In addition to reading and writing, the Kindergarten Curriculum includes suggestions for teaching counting and numbers, positional concepts, general knowledge, shapes, ideas for crafts and suggestions of stories that may be read to the child. To maintain the interest of the child, most of these are presented as having some kind of connection to the ABC Discovery rhyme and/or the character-building concept.
The character-building discussion guide, called “Lesson in Living”, and the suggested Bible verses or stories and motivational songs are also related to the rhyme.
After just a few consonants and one vowel have been learned, Consonant-Vowel (CV) blending is introduced. This foundational skill can be reinforced through using some of the recommended physical learning activities.
In this lesson, the child begins to experience the fun of actual reading. A final consonant is added, making three-letter Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words. (CVC) The child sounds these out while manipulating magnetized letter cards on a metal tray.
From this point on, word-building with letter cards, writing on the worksheet and reading are included in each lesson.
(The instructor sets up the tray as shown here on the worksheet.)
In the final step of each lesson, the child meets the same words, now arranged as a story in the Phonetic Reader.
Consonants are added, one per lesson, whereas vowels are followed by several lessons. This provides ample practice in differentiating between vowel sounds.
The last lesson in the CVC section presents words with a-r, e-r, and o-r blends.
After the foundational phonetic pattern (CVC) has been introduced and thoroughly practiced, the long-vowel phonetic patterns, CV and CVC+ e, and y as a vowel are introduced.
Letter cards continue to be used so the child becomes aware of the phonetic patterns that govern the pronunciation and spelling of words. A few consonant blends, two-syllable words, and some phonetically irregular words are also introduced at this time.The letter cards used here are available in the “Fun With Letter-Friends Game”. (Item 005 on the Store Page.)
By the end of the Kindergarten program, the child will be equipped to attack words at the foundational level and will be able to enjoy a variety of other stories. The next and final steps in the ABC Discovery program are the two Phonics/Spelling Workbooks, “Discovery Trail” and “Fun with Letter Friends”.
The kindergarten and pre-K children in these videos are home-schooled, and they participate in a group lesson one day a week. This sample group lesson was filmed near the end of the school year and includes the following components. (Reading the story from the Phonetic Reader was not included in the video.)
- Introducing the letter and teaching its sound
- Reinforcing the sound through the story
- Using the new letter to make three-letter words
- Younger children learn letter shape by using Sticks ‘n Circles.
Exciting Word-Building Activity at the End of the Year – Children Demonstrate their Ability to Make and Read Words. (Each child’s name is written on the board. When they make a word they write a mark under their name. At the conclusion each child goes to the front to receive a star showing the number of words they made.)
The final activity is “Bunny Hop”. The five vowels have been lined up on the floor. Children hold a card on which an initial and final consonant have been written; an empty space is left between the consonant letters. As the children hop, they position the empty space over the vowels and read the words that appear.
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