Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AVKO (A Review)

AVKO is another gem to add to your treasure chest of teaching resources! I was given a membership to this site in exchange for an honest review of the material offered with a membership.

Here are the many benefits of purchasing an AVKO Basic Membership for the cost of $25/year.

--Discounts on AVKO printed materials such as curriculum for reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and typing
--Hundreds of dollars worth of the following FREE e-books
The Patterns of English Spelling (All 10 Volumes)
Word Families in Sentence Context
To Teach a Dyslexic
Starting at Square One

The Teaching of Reading & Spelling: a Continuum from Kindergarten through College.
The Reading Teacher's List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words
--Access to the Member Only section which includes misc. readings for comprehension and supplemental curriculum.
--AVKO Newsletter with freebies, discounts, resources, and promotions
--Access to Don McCabe's most popular workshop recordings in MP3 format.
--Supplemental Curriculum Materials including word games, worksheets, activities, and more!
(Flashcards, SAT help and Biblical proverbs in different translations also available here!)
--Access to Pretests and Placement Tests
--Access to the Answer Keys for the Unscramblers and Family Reunion exercises of the Engaging Language Kits

For myself, I plan on mostly using the list of 5500 basic spelling words, the misc. readings for comprehension and am reading through The Teaching of Reading & Spelling (this book is giving me insight to the frustration a dyslexic must have as well as showing me what I know and do not know about teaching reading). I also look forward to doing the word games with my kids. We love 'gameschool' here at my house!

One aspect of this site I haven't fully investigated yet but am definitely interested in is the Keyboarding Instruction for young learners. Computers are used so much in the schools and yet students are not taught how to type correctly till almost middle school. I really haven't put my kids on the computer much yet because I did not want to have to reteach them how to type. With AVKO, it looks like I now have an inexpensive way to begin teaching this important skill!

As a parent or teacher, the site helps to discover the different ways children learn. A multi sensory approach is used in many of these resources. I believe anybody that has a reading problem or is working with someone who does would greatly benefit looking into the wealth of resources offered by AVKO.

Go check out the freebies section and get acquainted with this awesome resource!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review. I was not paid for this post and do not have to return the product to the vendor. The opinions expressed in this post are those of the blog owner (me).


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