We started our official reading adventure this year with reading a-z.com! Right off the bat, I loved the full scope of curriculum the website offers: the website is comprehensive to say the least. No matter where you are starting out, just about anybody who needs an elementary language arts addition to their schooling can benefit from reading a-z.com.
There is a very small learning curve to the site so it is easy to just “jump right in” where you need to be. Pick and choose your own curriculum from their ample selection or take an assessment test that is included to see where you need to begin for each child. Enjoy leveled readers, alphabet materials or jump into phonics and phonemic awareness materials. Each area offers a full, comprehensive lesson path in that subject matter.
We are currently in the “Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Materials” tract. I simply log in, and elect the next lesson in the tract. I can download that lesson’s readers and display them on the computer or print them in black and white for my little ones to color (a fantastic activity for preschoolers to “do school” while we are on another subject). Each of the modules provides full lesson plans (including instructions for the teacher), worksheets, and manipulatives such as flash cards, spelling squares, high frequency flashcards, and the corresponding readers. Each module expounds upon the module before it so sometimes all of those manipulatives are not necessary to print and cut out. I usually research and print only what I need.
Reading A-Z.com offers:
- Leveled Readers
- Benchmark Books and Running Records
- Reading Lessons and Worksheets
- Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Materials
- Poetry Books
- Alphabet Materials
- High-Frequency Word Books (Sight Words)
- Vocabulary Books and Activities
- Fluency Passages
- Reader’s Theater Scripts
They also provide something new in their “reading extras” area of the website. This week it includes free additional reading unit studies for Haiti and the Olympics!
I love that this site offers multiple grade levels at once, so a homeschooling family only needs to purchase one classroom subscription a year for the whole family. Resources are appropriate for all K–6, ESL/ELL, special education, and remedial reading and correspond to most state curriculum standards.
Written by Diana S. A homeschooling mom of two boys, growing in Grace and trying to joyfully ride the roller coaster of Life Curves.