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.