No, at this time we do not have printed copies of the books, only the downloadable e-books.
We would love to release printed copies of the books, but this is not feasible at this time – we are only on version two of the books, and it would be foolish to print our many books (and their matching worksheets) before version three at least.
Therefore, we will only print the books when we are sure that any and all errors are out, and that the books follow the best sequence and learning curve possible. You can help by reporting any errors you see to the Bugs and Errors Forum.
Good news! We are back in production on the Alphabetti books. We just cleaned up and expanded the Dod and Bob series (first series), and are in the middle of cleaning up and expanding the Sid and Sis series (series two). The next three series are also well on their way.
Alphabetti books: Ages 3 - 6. These books are good for children just learning the alphabet, or as remedial education for children who struggle with letter recognition and differentiation. Beginner Phonics Books: Ages 4 - 7. These books are good for children who already know their alphabet. The books develop fluency in reading small, short-vowel words. Intermediate Phonics Books: Ages 6 - 8. These books are good for children who are comfortable reading short-vowel words. Some younger children can read these books, but proceed with caution.
Advanced Phonics Books: Ages 7 - 10. We don’t recommend these books for younger children unless they are gifted readers.
The books are also used in adult education (remedial and English as a Second Language), as well as in remedial education for middle and high school children.
The important thing is to proceed at a pace that suits the child/student. Some children/students need a LOT of repetition. Some children/students gobble it up (eat it up) and are ready to move on quickly.
The Progressive Phonics program was developed around two bodies of research:
The Dolch Sight-Word list, which was researched and developed by Edward Dolch, PhD. However, rather than presenting the "Dolch words" as lists of sight-words to be memorized, we took on the challenge of presenting the words phonetically and "anti-phonetically" (rule-breakers). For more information, please see our article on "Dolch words."
Our program also complies with the recommendations of the U.S. National Institute for Literacy, especially in regards to guided oral reading (reading out loud with feedback). Please see our article on reading aloud. The U.S. National Institute for Literacy also found compelling evidence linking reading progress with handwriting instruction, which is why we produce matching handwriting worksheets and activity sheets for each of our books. Please see our article on handwriting.
We did charge for the books for a while, and we are very, VERY grateful to the many people who contributed their hard-earned money. Without these people, we couldn’t possibly have produced version two of the books.
We now have a sponsor to help fund the remaining development of the books, which allows us to fulfil our original vision for the download version of the books: free for everyone.