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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Review: AVKO Educational Research Foundation

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As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free one-year membership to AVKO in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation. This review reflects my personal experience with this product.

And what is AVKO? AVKO’s mission is to help achieve literacy for all children, even those challenged by dyslexia or other learning difficulties, by providing low-cost materials (like Sequential Spelling and The Teaching of Reading and Spelling) to home educators and teachers. A lot of research and work has gone into creating these materials and they are well worth a look whether your children have learning challenges or not. The site offers a number of free resources as well, including samples of their products, teaching aids, and a number of informational articles.

For a $25 fee, members receive:

The e-books are definitely worth a look, I had a number of insights while reading these materials, but there’s a lot of information to plow through---be careful of information overload. The site is a little clunky in design, not really hard to navigate, but a little overwhelming in the way the information is presented---there’s simply too much vying for your attention at the same time. I found the “supplemental curriculum” to be of dubious value, as many of these were tacky little jokes and puns that may border on offensive to some. Be sure to read over any materials before handing them to your student. Overall, probably a good buy if you have decided to purchase some of their materials. If you are planning to buy a Sequential Spelling, for instance, levels 1-7 would ordinarily cost $134.95, so your 25% off as a member would more than pay for your membership. Is it worth it on its own? Perhaps. One of the e-books (The Teaching of Reading and Spelling Starting at Square One) is a complete reading program (over 300 pages). The Patterns of English Spelling can be used to design your own spelling program in lieu of using Sequential Spelling (this is actually suggested in one of the e-books). If you’ve got the time, there’s a lot of value to be gleaned from these materials.

Visit the AVKO website for more information.

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