Program Details

The ABeCeDarian Reading Program helps students quickly become fluent and accomplished readers with a set of engaging, easy-to-use, and affordable materials.

When children use ABeCeDarian, they learn to read quickly because:

ABeCeDarian is divided into 4 levels:

  1. Level A: for students reading at kindergarten through mid-1st grade level
  2. Level B: for students reading at mid-1st grade through 2nd grade level
  3. Level C: for students reading at 3rd and 4th grade level
  4. Level D: for students reading at 5th and 6th grade level

Highlighted links allow you to download sample material.

Please note:  We offer versions of the Level A and B materials that are designed specifically for use by homeschoolers and tutors.  The original ABeCeDarian materials remain available for classroom teachers.  When you order from the ABeCeDarian webstore, you will be able to choose specifically to see the materials for homeschoolers and tutors or the materials for classroom teachers.

Level A

Level A is for non-readers or very beginning readers.   Each lesson combines:

Beginning instruction presents words such as satmop, and rug that are constructed out of a consonant, vowel, and consonant using only single-letter consonants and the so-called "short" vowels.  The term "short" vowel is never used with the students.  Each letter is referred to only by its sound.) 

Unlike many programs which require students to learn many letter/sounds in isolation before reading words, in ABeCeDarian students will read words from the very first lesson and begin reading short sentences in Unit 3.

After students master all the sounds for the single-letter consonants and vowels, they learn the two-letter combinations sh, ch, th, and ck.  

The high-frequency words the, a, is, of, to, and I, are also presented in Level A. These words have sounds or spellings not otherwise presented at this level and are the only words learned as wholes, rather than being analyzed into their individual sounds. The remaining high-frequency words are taught in Level B, when students have a more complete understanding of the spelling system.

In addtion to reading words and sentences in their workbooks, students at this level read a set of ten delightful, illustrated storybooks beginning once they have completed Unit 4.  Each storybook is fully decodable, that is, it presents only the letter/sound code that the student has been explicitly taught, so there is no need to guess and the words.

When a student completes Level A, he will be able to read more than 100 words fluently. Most kindergarten students who use the program will be able to read text in the curriculum at rates of 40 or more words correct in a minute by the end of the school year.

The classroom version of the materials has the spelling and reading material divided between a workbook and a reading book.  The homeschooling and tutoring version of the materials have all the shave all the material the student reads and writes contained within the student workbook.

Materials needed for Level A

For Homeschoolers and Tutors
For Classroom Teachers    
Student Workbook A1 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Student Workbook A1                                               
Student Workbook A2 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Student Workbook A2
Storybooks for Level A (Set of 10)
Storybooks for Level A (Set of 10)
Teacher Manual A for Homeschoolers and Tutors Student Reading Book A1

Student Reading Book A2

Teacher Manual A1

Teacher Manual A2

Level A (Short Version)

Level A (Short Version) contains the same content as the regular Level A materials, but the lessons proceed at a much faster pace.  In addtion, there is no handwriting instruction provided in the Short Version.  This version of Level A is a good choice for first-grade age students who can read some words and have some blending skill.  It is also an excellent choice for students age 7 and older who are non-readers or very beginning readers.

Materials needed for Level A (Short Version)

For Homeschoolers and Tutors                       
For Classroom Teachers
Student Workbook A - Short Version for Homeschoolers
Student Workbook A - Short Version
Teacher Manual A - Short Version for Homeschoolers
Teacher Manual A - Short Version

Level A Blending/Segmenting Practice

Level A Blending/Segmenting Practice is a freely downloadable set of exercises specifically designed for students who can read at a 3rd grade level but who read very slowly and have few skills at reading unfamiliar words. 

Level B

Level B covers material at the 1st and 2nd grade level.   At this level students learn that many sounds are spelled multiple ways and that many spellings represent more than one sound. This information is presented in the context of engaging sorting exercises contained in Student Workbooks B1 and B2.  Specifically, students are given a sound and shown the various ways that the sound can be spelled. The so-called long-o sound can be spelled, for instance, oa, o-e, o, ow, oe, and ough.  Students are presented a list of words which they read and sort according to how the target sound is spelled.  The words for the sorting exercise are coded to make it clear which letters are representing which sounds.  Specifically, there is a space between each grapheme (i.e., the letter or letter combination used to spell a sound) and multiple letter graphemes are underlined.  Thus the word boat is presented as b oa t.

Following the sorting exercise,  students are presented with a list of 8 high frequency words which, for the most part, contain the target sound for the unit. Students read these words, copy them, and then say each individual sound of the word  as they underline how that sound is spelled. 

Students continue to practice reading these words on the following page which contains these target words displayed in 4 rows, each row presenting the words in a different order.

Further practice reading these words is provided in each unit by having students read a series of sentences containing many of the words analyzed in the unit.  Students practice reading these sentences until they achieve designated fluency targets.  To ensure that students are paying attention to the meaning of the sentences as well as trying to read them quickly and accurately, each sentences is presented in cloze format, with a single word missing.  Students supply the missing word from two choices presented at the end of the sentence.  These sentences are "decodable." That is, they have only the code that the students have been explicitly presented. The sentences in each unit focus on using high frequency words that have the sounds and spellings the students sorted at the beginning of the unit.

In the course of all this work, students learn the multiple-letter vowel spellings (oa, ee, eigh, etc.),  the past tense ending -ed, and simple yet effective techniques to read two-, three-, and four-syllable words. 

Students in Level B also continue and extend exercises begun in Level A that help them sound out unfamiliar words accurately and quickly.

At the end of each unit students further extend their practice by reading a fable from Aesop.  Like the storybooks for Level A, the fables are all "decodable," presenting only letter/sounds that the student has already learned.

A separate book of spelling lessons is also available for Level B-1 (1st grade) level.  At this level students need to be able not only to break words into individual sounds, but to remember which of several common spellings is used to spell a particular sound in a given word.  For instance, students need to know that boat is spelled b-o-a-t, and not b-o-t-e, and that sea is spelled s-e-a, and not s-e-e.  The ABeCeDarian Spelling Book B-1 teaches students simple but powerful memory techniques to help them learn how to spell 500 high-frequency words. For a detailed description of the Level B-1 Spelling book, please click here.

Materials needed for Level B

For Homeschoolers and Tutors
For Classroom Teachers
Student Workbook B1 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Student Workbook B1
Teacher Manual B1 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Teacher Manual B1
ABeCeDarian Aesop
ABeCeDarian Aesop
Student Spelling Book B1
Student Spelling Book B1
Teacher Manual for Spelling Book B1
Teacher Manual for Spelling Book B1
Student Workbook B2 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Student Workbook B2
Teacher Manual B2 for Homeschoolers and Tutors
Teacher Manual B2

Level B (Short Version)

This level is designed for students who read at the third grade level or higher but who read very slowly or can't sound out unfamiliar words reliably. It contains essentially the same content as in the B1/B2 materials but presented in an accelerated format. Moreover, unlike the regular Level B, there is much work with nonsense words, so that students must use their blending and segmenting skills and phonics knowledge to read and spell the words and not merely recite words they have already memorized as visual wholes.


Materials needed for Level B - Short Version

For All Teachers
Student Workbook B - Short Version
Teacher Manual B - Short Version

Level C

Level C provides outstanding word study for students at a 3rd or 4th reading level.  It presents English and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and root words such as obstruction, illegal, transportation, and invisible.  Students learn to read and spell these words easily as well as to learn what they mean. 

A companion workbook called Spelling Patterns helps students learn the three major suffix-adding spelling patterns as well as when to use ck, tch, dge, and a doubled consonant before final le.  There is no separate manual for the Spelling Patterns workbook.  All the material the teacher needs is contained within the student workbook.

Materials needed for Level C

For All Teachers
Student Workbook C
Teacher Manual C
Spelling Patterns

Level D

Level D provides outstanding word study for students at a 5th or 6th grade reading level.  It presents words with Greek roots, such as photosynthesis and democracy, with accompanying exercises to help students read and spell these words easily and to learn what they mean.  There is no separate manual for Student Workbook D.  All the material the teacher needs is contained within the student workbook.

Materials needed for Level D

For All Teachers
Student Workbook D



The table below provides an overview of the Levels of ABeCeDarian.

Age and reading level of student Appropriate ABCD Level
Kindergarten and beginning 1st grade students

A1/A2
Students who are mid-first grade age and older
who are non-readers or very beginning readers
A Short Version
Students of any age reading at 1st/2nd grade level

B1/B2
Students age 10 and up who can read at a 3rd grade level
or higher but who  have poor word reading accuracy or fluency
B Short Version
Students of any age reading at 3rd/4th grade level or
students reading at a higher level who don't know much
about prefixes, suffixes, and root words
C
Spelling Patterns
Students of any age reading at 5th/6th grade level or students reading at a higher level who don't know much about Greek root words
D

Use the free ABeCeDarian Placement Assessment to determine which level of the program is right for a student.

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