If you are looking for a reading program for your little one, this review of the ABeCeDarian Company is for you!
If you have already used this program, then you still may want to read this, because this is a brand new program from them. They now have an online version of the program. So instead of the paper workbook, you would use the digital version. For the sake of this post, I will be talking about the ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook that my daughter and I had the opportunity to use over the last couple of months.
The Interactive A Workbook has all the same lessons as the ABeCeDarian Student Workbooks A1 and A2 and they are presented in the same order. The difference is that you can use it on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. There are also a set of 10 storybooks that accompany levels A1 and A2.
In order to use this program, you will also need their Teacher Manual – A, which is available on their website for free in pdf form. If you want a printed version, it is also available for $9.95.
The teacher’s manual is the same one that is used for the paper version of the program, so some of it doesn’t match up. For example, it will say, “Have your child turn to page 71.”, but there is no “page” 71. You just have to know that when it says that, it just means to go to the next slide in the Interactive Workbook.
This is not one of those online programs where you can plop your child in front of the computer and let them go. You will need to be sitting right with your child and going through the lessons with them, just as you would if you had the paper version of the program.
When you first open the program, you will see a black screen for a couple of minutes. That can be a little alarming, but just be patient and soon you will see this screen.
After that, there are two pages of directions to help you navigate through the program.
And, if I had read those instructions a little bit more thoroughly I wouldn’t have had to email the company to get some clarification on a couple of things. That being said, the response I got from the company was wonderful and cleared things up for me beautifully. Their customer service is impressive!
The ABeCeDarian Reading Program
This program is a multi-sensory decoding program developed by Michael Bend, Ph.D.
It has different things you do each lesson to help your child learn to read.
Word Puzzles is one thing that is done in every lesson. Your child is given letters on the screen. You then tell them to use those letters to make a word (you tell them the specific word to spell). Then they have another step to that and they have to change one of the letters to make another word. (mat to map, for example)
Tap and Say helps your child decode the word. It breaks it down into the different parts of the word so your child can see why the word sounds the way it does.
When my daughter taps each sound, it changes color.
Another thing they do is make sure to incorporate writing the sounds as your child learns them.
This is where we leave the online program. I don’t like my daughter learning to write on a digital device, so we use paper.
Actually, we used dry erase pens and lined paper within a plastic mat I have.
Eventually, your child is reading and writing small sentences instead of just letters and words.
If she had trouble figuring out a word using the tap and say method, she then needed to try “turtle talk”. One time, she was having trouble figuring out the word “did” using tap and say and so she used turtle talk. She said, “Turtle talk helps me hear the sounds!”. It was so neat to hear her figure it out on her own.
Olivia and I have had a good time with this program so far. We generally do two lessons a day because she is catching on so quickly.
I honestly am not sure if she is catching on quickly because the program is that good, or because we have already done other reading programs before this one. That being said, we will be continuing with ABeCeDarian because I have seen the fastest and most seamless improvement in her reading and confidence using this program!
All I know, is her ability to sound out words has dramatically improved using this program and she seems to actually enjoy reading! As a parent, I can’t ask for much more than that!
I do recommend you check out their website. There is so much more to be said about this program and how it works.
Information at a glance:
What is it? A reading program called ABeCeDarian Company
For whom? Ages 5 to adult
How much is it? $14.95 (Which, to me is a steal! Even if you’re not sure, it’s a small price to pay to “try” the program!)