Alphabet Island Phonics 2 (Advanced) takes your child from short vowels into fluent reading. Even if your child has not been through Alphabet Island Phonics 1, if he can spell three-letter short-vowel words, he is ready for Alphabet Island Phonics 2. In two workbooks, your student will learn to spell over four thousand words with consonant blends, digraphs, silent ‘e’, doubled consonants, short vowels, long vowels, diphthongs and all other vowel combinations. You will continue on through 3rd grade with the in-depth support helps.
The Alphabet Island characters make rules easy to remember. For example, few people can explain the two sounds of ‘c’. With Alphabet Island you learn it the first time around and remember it for life.Vowels are divided into two groups—’boys’ (‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘u’) , and ‘girls’ (‘e’, ‘i’ and ‘y’). Clever ‘C’ says /s/, “city”, when in front of the “girls” (‘e’, ‘i’, ‘y’) and /k/, “cat”, elsewhere. That makes the workbook page easy—color the boy vowels blue, the girls pink and write in the sound ‘C’ makes.
Spelling rules, often in the form of songs, give a concise and logical understanding of when and where to use a particular spelling for any given sound. This four-line poem covers all the options for the spelling of a long ‘i’.
What makes a long ‘i’?
To make a long ‘i’, use ‘i’ with silent ‘e’, [mine]
But at ends of words, a ‘y’ will usually be. [sky]
And then ‘i’ is long, with ‘igh’ or ‘ind’, [high/find]
And again with ‘ign’ or ‘ild’. [sign/child]
A spelling rule can be viewed as a “road map.” Each aspect of the rule is studied in great detail, making sure the child can understand, hear and work with the rule. Letter cards and workbook pages reinforce the lesson and are followed by spelling lists designed for each child to succeed. With this unique approach of knowing the rule and the exceptions, your child masters the spelling of hundreds of words at a time instead of the common practice of having to memorize 20-30 words a week. Where there are only a few words with a unique pattern, such as the sixteen common words with ‘igh’, they are introduced at one time with a picture and poem.
We have loved the Alphabet Island Phonics and Spelling for many years now, as I started using it with my firstborn and am now using it with my sixth. The rules of spelling and decoding are taught in an interesting manner that sticks with the children and even help Mom to remember them. The island characters become friends whose stories enable the learner to enjoy the learning process.
As a missionary kid myself, I was excited to learn that the authors have been linguests with Wycliffe Bible Translators and really know how to analyze our complex language. After your child learns the friendly characters (letters) who live on Alphabet Island, they go on to find out how these characters live and work together to make words – who works well with whom, why some will not stand alone at the end of a word, how one letter will affect the way another letter sounds, etc.
I only wish I had figured out earlier how to make the best use of their Comprehensive Handbook of Phonics for Spelling, Reading, and Writing. I could have saved myself a lot of time and money if I’d just used it faithfully.
I just wanted to say that I just received Alphabet Island Phonics in the mail as I was lucky to still find a hard copy. I don’t prefer to have a computer attached to my hip (so to speak). I’m still from the old school…..see all of it, touch it, feel the pages and have less eye strain:). ….Anyway, I just wanted to say that this is brilliantly written. My son absolutely loves it!!! As he says, “these letter people are so much fun!” I have a wiggly worm with a rich imagination and who loves stories…lots of them. I kept saying for the last couple of years if I could just find a complete story line with phonics being taught I would get his attention. I hemmed and hawed for a about a year on this and I finally bought it and I am so glad I did. He is saying his letters and sounds and learning them. Thanks for a job well done!!!