What is the ideal age to start using ABC See, Hear, Do?
The ABC See, Hear, Do books are best for 2-6 year olds, although younger children are often able to learn the actions as well! While younger children focus on learning the sounds and actions, older children start blending sounds together.
My child already knows her alphabet sounds. Which book should we start with?
If your child already knows all the alphabet sounds, feel free to start with the second book, ABC See, Hear, Do: Blended Beginning Sounds. She may not understand all the animal prompts beneath the letters, but if she already knows the sounds, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Do your books use the Dolch or Fry word lists?
No, they don't focus on any specified word lists. That being said, there is a lot of crossover with both lists.
Do you sell flashcards appropriate for classroom use?
Why should we try your method instead of other popular learn-to-read methods?
Most learn-to-read methods that are in book form were developed twenty to forty years ago. The ABC See, Hear, Do books were developed with the modern child in mind. The bright colors, silly actions, and animal pictures make our books engaging and fun for kids.
We keep modern parents in mind as well. While other programs are often time-intensive or financially out of reach, our materials are easy to implement, affordable, and effective.
What makes this method of learning to read different than other methods?
The ABC See, Hear, Do Method uses all three learning styles – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. When a child sees, hears, and moves all at the same time, he/she will retain letter sounds much faster than by using just one or two learning styles. The format of the book also makes learning less intimidating by giving children immediate gratification. After mastering only four letter sounds, they can learn to read two words.
Are there only two books in the series?
There are two books published so far. The third book, ABC See, Hear, Do 3: Blended Ending Sounds comes out Summer of 2018. We also offer a coloring book as a companion to the first book in the series. ABC See, Hear, Do Writing Practice will be published in Spring of 2018.
When will the next book be published?
ABC See, Hear, Do Writing Practice comes out Spring of 2018.
ABC See, Hear, Do 3: Blended Ending Sounds comes out Summer of 2018.
My child can remember the letter sounds, but he’s having trouble blending the sounds together. Is that normal?
Yes! All children develop differently. While some children will be able to blend sounds together before age four, most children are not ready to blend sounds together until age four or five. For some, it will take even longer. Be patient! It’s best to follow your child’s lead and not stress about it. Eventually it will click!
My daughter’s preschool teacher asked why she screams in mock fright every time she sees the letter A. What should I do about this?
Laugh, because that’s hilarious! And then give her preschool teacher a copy of our book!
You recommend working on a few letters at a time, but my son wants to read the entire book at once. Is that okay?
Yes! Some kids prefer to learn all the letter sounds first before reading any of the words. Other kids learn better by mastering sounds and words in small chunks. Do whatever works best for you and your child. The important thing is to keep him excited and wanting to read!
The book isn’t in alphabetical order.
Why is that?
Children don’t actually need to learn letter sounds in alphabetical order. The ABC See, Hear, Do Method starts with sounds that are easier to learn and used more often. Sounds that are harder to remember and used less are introduced last. This allows children to build their confidence as they work their way through the book. After learning only a few letter sounds, they can start reading words!
Why are all the letters capital letters in the first book? What about lowercase letters?
Uppercase letters are traditionally taught first to preschoolers because they are easier to write. Writing lowercase letters requires more fine motor coordination. Because of this, we decided to start with uppercase letters for the first book and to introduce lowercase letters in the second book of the series.
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