This book has been replaced by a newer version.The title: Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor Phonics Companion Workbook. Find it on Amazon.com ISBN: 9780941995337 at a special Discount Price! Designed to be used with either of Samuel L. Blumenfeld's two great phonics reading instruction textbooks: Alpha-Phonics A Primer for Beginning Readers or his How To Tutor. This Workbook provides EXTRA PRACTICE work for your student using either o Sam Blumenfeld s two phonics reading instruction books. Follows the phonics reading instruction of both teaching books lesson by lesson and provides a wide range of extra practice exercises for your student. Covers all lessons. Includes: fill in the word, match words, find missing words, matching words with illustrations or finding misspelled words and many more types of very reinforcing practice exercises. This optional workbook has been found by many parents, teachers and tutors to be very helpful in teaching phonics reading to students of all ages. You do not need to be an expert to use this Phonics Workbook. Just like Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor, the reading instruction textbooks, anyone who can read can definitely teach anyone else to read. For sample pages and more details see Search Inside the Book or the Alpha-Phonics website. Written in 1995 by Sam Blumenfeld's long-time friend and colleague Barbara Simkus. Barbara was for many years a professional Tutor in the Detroit area. She felt the need for something extra to be used with some of her students. With Sam Blumenfeld's blessing, she created this Phonics Workbook to accompany Blumenfeld's two phonics reading instruction books: Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor. The Phonics Workbook has 53 pages and offers extra practice exercise for each of the lessons in either of the two instruction textbooks. Some special features of the Phonics Workbook are: (1.) General overall instructions, (2.) List of 17 Spelling Rules (The most often and most used rules) (3.) Numerous practice TESTS and Answers are included in the Workbook (4.) Syllabication Section with 7 pages of instruction and practice on learning how to divide words into syllables (which is very helpful in learning to read and in developing an enlarged vocabulary), (5.) Sturdy Perfect Binding so the pages will not come out while (6.) Exercises include many interesting, reinforcing and skill building exercises like: fill in the missing word, find the misspelled word, circle the word that has a certain feature in it such as a silent (h), plurals vs. singulars, match words that go together from a list of words, circle a correct word after being given a clue, underline words containing a long vowel, determine what letter is missing from the word, and many, many others. Noted Reviewer Cathy Duffy mentions the availability of this Phonics Workbook in her review of Alpha-Phonics found in her 2005 book: 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. Young beginning reading students enjoy the exercises; even find it fun to do the practice. The Alpha-Phonics and How to Tutor Phonics Companion Workbook, like the instruction textbooks it is designed to accompany, is also very useful in working with older students, even adults who need remediation to improve their reading skill. Available at special prices: ISBN for the Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor Phonics Workbook: 9780941995337 (for Amazon search). Remember: Alpha-Phonics A Primer for Beginning Readers, the basic phonics reading instruction program, is available at Amazon.com. Check it out: ISBN: 9780941995320 now also at a very special price of only$ 24.95. Amazon also offers in book form a set of 10 Readers designed to accompany the Alpha-Phonics phonics reading instruction book: They are the Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor Little Companion Readers. ISBN: 9780941995344.
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Barbara Simkus tutored in the suburban Detroit, Michigan, area for many years. She has written several other books beside the Alpha-Phonics and How To Tutor Phonics Workbook. She created the two Arithmetic Workbooks and the Cursive Handwriting Workbook which are designed to accompany the Arithmetic and Handwriting sections of Sam Blumenfeld's classic text: How to Tutor (Which, of course, includes his wonderful systematic, intensive phonics reading instruction program). These three How To Tutor workbooks are also available from Amazon: (The two Arithmetic Workbooks: Addition and Subtraction ISBN 9780941994399 and Multiplication and Division 9780941995405) and (The Cursive Workbook: 9780941995383). The long years of experience as a Tutor helped Mrs. Simkus write a Phonics Workbook that truly covers all the bases. Professional Tutors usually only get the tough teaching assignments so her experience over the years prepared her to write Workbooks that zeroed in on the most important needs students have, especially those struggling to learn to read...or do Arithmetic or learn handwriting.Review:
The Phonics Workbook I purchased to help me teach my son to read with the Paradigm Company's Alpha-Phonics book was invaluable to me. My son was not learning to read in school so I tried the Alpha-Phonics after reading about in on the internet. At first he still found it hard to learn what I was trying to teach him. Then I purchased the Phonics Workbook from the same publisher and found that it was a wonderful help, I would even say a Godsend. By showing him the lesson in Alpha-Phonics first, then showing him some extra practice work on the same lesson in the Workbook, he really began to take off! We eventually finished both books, the Workbook and Alpha-Phonics. He is now an above grade level reader. I would gladly recommend the Workbook to anyone starting to teach with Alpha-Phonics.
--Mrs. Gary Peeler, Carmichael, CA --Mrs. Gary Peeler, Carmichael CA. 2009
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