Teacher manuals clearly detail the skills and knowledge students need in order to be able to read well and provide script so that the interaction among the teacher, the student, and the material is both engaging and productive. Information about proper placement, pacing, and error correction is clearly provided. Suggestions for variations and refinements that will help students who are making slow progress are also presented.
No matter how well-organized the curriculum is, however, all teachers will have questions as they see how particular students respond to the lesson. To help address these questions, there is a discussion group on Yahoo in which the program developer as well as many teachers and tutors who have experience using the program provide clarifications, suggestions, and support.
We are also working to make available a variety of free short videos of students working on different lessons so it will be easier for teachers new to the program to visualize what the lessons look like. Currently, there are two short videos covering the topic of good error correction.
Training workshops with the program author, Michael Bend, however, are available for those who wish a greater level of support. Attending a training workshop will certainly accelerate how quickly most parents or teachers grasp the scope of the program and the principles underlying its techniques. Moreover, because most workshops have a small number of participants, there is opportunity to help users figure out how best to integrate ABeCeDarian with the other components of their language arts curriculum.
Additional follow-up to workshops, including classroom observations and model teaching are also available.