Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers
The Lessons taught in class are to be sent home each day for the students to read the words and sentences to their parents and copy them in their Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics Notebook for the teacher to grade.
Lesson 1: ăm, an, as, at, ax
Lesson 2: Sam, man, has, sat, tax
Lesson 3: am, Sam, an, man, as, has, at, sat, ax, tax. Sam sat. Sam has an ax.
Lesson 4: ad, dad, wax, Dan. Dan sat. Dad has wax.
Lesson 5: ad, had, dad, sad, Tad, mad; am, ham, dam, Sam; as,
has, [was]; at, hat, sat, mat; ax, tax, wax, Max
Lesson 5: ad, am, an, as, at, ax; dad, dam, Dan; had, ham, has, hat; mad,
man, mat, Max; sad, sat, Sam; Tad, tan, tax; was, wax
Lesson 6: Dad sat. Max has ham. Dan was tan. Was Sam tan? Has Dad an
ax? Dad has an ax. Dan has wax. Sam was sad. Was Max mad?
Tad was tan.
Lesson 7: and, hand, land, sand. Dan and dad had land and sand.
Dan and Sam. Max and Tad. tax and wax. land and sand.
Lesson 20: Quick Rick, fix it. Tim bit his lip. Nick is a sick kid. Nick will
get well. Will Bill kiss Jill? Will Bill tell Jill? Sid will miss his
pet pig. His pig is big. Jim is big. His had fit him well. Phil hid
hat. Jack hid his ham in his hat. Liz was sick and was fed in bed.
Mix it, fi it, and quit it. Will Bill win? Yes, Bill will win? Is Jill
ill? Yes, Jill is ill.
Lesson 21: th: that, than, the, them, then, this; th: thin, this, -th: bath, math,
path, Beth, with.
Lesson 22: That man has a cat. The cat is a big cat. The cat is a thin cat. This
is his cat. This is Beth. Tell them that Rex is at bat. The cat is in
the bag. Did Beth tell them that the cat is in the bag? Rick hid
the bag with the cat. The cat ran. Let the cat dig in the sand. The
pig ran with the cat. Dick ran with the bag in his hand. Phil was
with Beth and Seth. Then Beth and Seth ran with the hen. Quick,
get the thick net.
Lesson 24: The quick fox got on top of the box. The red hen fell in the bath
and got wet. The Red Sox will win. Yaz will win. Tom is the son
of Jack. The dog ran with the cat. The pot got hot. Is the dog in
the box? The dog is not in the box. The dog is on top of the box.
Bob and Don sat on the dock. Tell mom that Bob has the mop.
That fox is in the big tin box. That box has a lock on it. Quick,
lock the box. But the fox ran.
wet. Rick is kicking he ball. The cat is licking his leg. Bob is
calling his dog. Jack is yelling at Jill. Pat is packing his bag. Cal
is passing the ball. Chuck is fixing the shack. Meg is petting the
cat. Is mom shopping at the mall? Dad is chopping with his ax.
Jill is napping on the bed. Bess is washing her doll. Philip is
Lesson 44: Bill is mending his tent. Kent went hunting. Jack went with
Kent. Bob lent Ann his fishing rod. Ann is fishing at the pond.
Bob wants his rod back. Bob went to the pond. Jill is fond of
Philip. Phillip sent Jill a bag of mints. The cat sat on the anthill.
Beth is running in the wind. Kent is in the band. Mom will mend
Jim sat at his desk. Jill will pass the test. Beth did her best. Bill
went west. Bob did his task. Hank can run fast. The metal chest
was full of rust.
Lesson 50: lb: bulb; ld: held, meld, weld, [bald]; lf: elf, self, golf, gulf, shelf,
[calf, half]; lk: milk, silk, bulk, sulk, [talk, walk]
jump, then, spun, slosh, shrimp, shack, plum, prom, frill, flag,
cliff, crux, draft, chest, bridge, edge, golf, elm, bless, scant,
scrunch, thrush bless, Dutch, with, pest, dish, bank, king, fond,
act, lift, left, kept, trick, France, hitch next, lunch, flash, twist,
Lesson 71: God bless this land. The cat sat still. Bill had fudge with his
lunch. Patrick drank a glass of milk. Gwen put cash in the bank.
Pam had a stiff neck. Kenneth had shrimp for lunch. The king of
France was plump. Frank is a prince. The bus stop is on the
bridge. His skin has an itch. Stan put the trash in the basket. Fred
sat on the grass. The frog swam in the swamp. A frog can jump
and swim. A skunk can jump and skip. A swift skunk stunk.
Madge had a strand of gems. The clock struck twelve. The truck
got stuck in the mud.
Lesson 72: at – ate; hat – hate; fat – fate; mat – mate; rat – rate; Al – ale,
pal – pale, Sal – sale; gal – gale; fad – fade; mad – made;
man – mane; Jan – Jane; van – vane; cap – cape; gap – gape
Lesson 74: Jane can bake a cake. When will Kate wake up and take a bath?
Dave has an ache in his hand. Bill’s rabbit is in a cage. Dave
came, but Kate is late. Dave has a date with Kate. Jane ate the
cake. When will Dave shave his face? Jack fell in the lake. Can
Dave save Jack? Yes, Dave is brave. Dave gave Kate a locket.
This place is safe. The cat hid in the cave. His name is Jake. Kate
gave Jane the date of the game. Abe’s face is pale. Beth ate a
Lesson 86: Mark has a red car. “Park the car in the yard,” said Art. Pam
has a big jar of jam. Beth has part in a play. Mark’s farm has a
barn. Father went far away on the plane. It is dark in the park.
“Start the car,” said ma. The dog will bark in the dark. Pa’s yard
is full of junk. If Mark’s arm has an itch. Beth has a ball of yarn.
“If it rains, put the cart in the barn,” said father. The shark ate the
small fish. Clark and Mart are smart. Marge drank a quart of
milk. Paul and Art will play cards. Mark can take his car apart.
Lesson 87: ee = ē: bee, Dee, fee, gee, Lee, see, flee, free, glee, three, tree,
Lesson 88: I can see the tree. Can the tree see me? She is a queen. Is she the
queen of Greece? Yes, she is the Greek queen. We ate beef this
week. Lee came in a jeep. Will they sweep the street this week?
They will sweep the street at three. He is free at three o’clock. I
have seen the queen. Lee will greet the queen. Dee and cheer the
queen. We ate cheese this week. She ate cheese and beef. “Meet
me next week,” she said. The deer was in a deep sleep. He was
sleeping in the breeze. Lee was on his knee fixing the jeep.
Lesson 89: ea = ē: pea, sea, tea, flea plea; each, beach, peach, reach, teach,
Lesson 90: Jean had a dream. She put cream in her tea. Jean ate a meal of
veal, peas, bread, and tea. Then she ate a peach. The peach was
sweet. Bill is at sea. The sea is in the east. The beach is neat and
clean. Jean sat in her seat. The seat is near the rear. Bill is on the
team this year. The dog has fleas. The cat is neat and clean.
When will we reach the beach? Steak will be great. Let’s break
for steak. Jean will read “The Seal Had Zeal.”
Lesson 97: The street is neat and clean. Lee’s feet need rest. Peggy feels
very sleepy. “Meet me at the beach,” Betty said. Where is the
beach? The beach is near the city. “Please teach me to read.”
Pete said to his teacher. There is a breeze near the sea. We can
sleep on the beach and feel the sea breeze. There are trees near
the sea. There are three peach trees in the field near Berry
Street,” Said gene. Steve can reach a peach. The berries are
sweet. “For Pete’s sake, hurry up,” said Jean. We will be back at
the beach next week. “Did lee hear me?” asked Billy. “Where
are the keys?” asked Penny. Steve will pick the cherries from the
tree. It is easy to read this page.
Lesson 98: I = ī: I am. I can. I take, I had, I ran. I have. y=ī: by, my, cry, dry,
fly, fry, pry, shy, sky, sly, spry, spy, sty, try, why; ie=ī: die, lie,
pie, tie; [buy, guy].
I will dry my wet tie. “I can not tell a lie,” said Terr. “I will try to
do better,” said John. Why did the big guy cry? Jack’s dad will
fly in the plane to Spain. She had cherry pie for lunch. “Can you
tie the bowl on my dress?” Connie asked. “I will fry an egg for
Timmy,” said Mom.
Lesson 104: My nose is sore. My home is in Rome. I spoke on the phone. I
had an ice cream cone. I love a joke. Tell me a funny joke. She
will move the stone one more time. The stove is hot. The dog
ate a bone. Perry wore a bathrobe. Jean woke up. Then she
woke me up. A rose is a rose. A rose smells nice. Dad drove to
the store. He bought some hogtdogs and a Coke. “Come home
when you are done,” she said. Mom ate something for lunch.
Betty loves to talk on the phone. “Tell me more,” she said in a
soft tone. I sent Kathy a note. The note was in code. “Please
don’t poke and shove,” Tom said. We chose to go to the
crow, flow, glow, grow; show, slow, snow, stow, throw;
[dough, though]; bowl; own, blown, flown, gown, [known],
shown, thrown, growth. Joan wants to grow up. The snow fell
last nigh I know what I want. I want to own a car. Ill wants his
own boat. Bob wants to row his boat. Go slow in the snow. “I
know the way home,” said Joan. Jack will mow the lawn after
lunch. Mom gave the cat a bowl of milk. Dad and Mike like to
go bowling on Sunday’s Mike has grown up. We saw a TV
show. Bonnie has shown a lot of growth. The ball was thrown to
Do you know who went to the phone? Did you do what you
were told? The two of you must know what to do. Who do you
think you are? Do you know who you are? I want to go too. You
are young. You are too young to go alone. The box is two feet
high. It is too big. Give it back to him. What shall I do? Go to
the man who sold it to you.
Lesson 110: Joan and Jane went to the zoo. The zoo was to far from home.
Jane took a book with her. Joan wore a wool coat. Soon they
will go to school. The pool was cool, but the food was good.
Betty can cook good food. Jim stood at the door and took a
look. Look at Betty’s room. It’s so neat. “Open the door,” said
Pan. “I have cookies and milk.” The door is made of wood.
The dentist said my tooth was loose. Barry sat on the floor. He
took a snooze. It’s noon. Time for lunch. Betty has too much to
do his afternoon. The broom is in Mike’s bedroom. Go to his
room and get it. Soon it will be noon. Choose a good book to
Lesson 111: could, could not, couldn’t; would, would not, wouldn’t; should,
should not, shouldn’t
I would go if I could. If he could go, he would. Couldn’t I go?
He could go, but not the two of you. I would like to go, but I
know I shouldn’t. Should I go? No, you should stay. Shawn has
a bad cold. Should he go to school? He shouldn’t go to school if
he has a cold. I wouldn’t go if I had a bad cold. If I were sick I
would stay in bed. Would you? Yes, I would.
June can play a tune on the flute. Luke sat on the sand dune.
June ate a prune. Luke rode on a mule. June is cute. The cloud
was huge. Luke put a dime in the jukebox. Is there a cure for a
cold? We are not sure. If there is a cure, let’s use it. Bruce has a
tube of toothpaste. Dad put a fuse in the fuse box. It’s never nice
to be rude.
Sue wants to be a nurse. Bert likes to throw curve balls. He is in
his third year of baseball. Willy likes to learn new words. He is
an expert at learning verses. Kelly is sitting on the curb. Bonnie
has curls in her hair. She is holding a purse in her lap. Mom will
grow turnips in her garden. We will have turkey for dinner.
“Did you do y our homework?” dad asked. Vinnie will work
with his list of words. The clerk wore a new shirt. The girl lost
her purse. Bert held the bid and heard it sing. The bird was hurt
and thirsty. Bert will urge Vern to get water for the bird.
The ocean can be ferocious. Ralph is a musician and won a
special prize at the fair. Jeff went to the train station to pick up
Kate. Did you see Gail’s picture on the table? Betty had a
crucial question for the teacher. “Thank you for being so
patient,” said Dad. Mom bought a box of facial tissues. She
phoned the pharmacy for special lotion. Did you think that
motion picture was obnoxious? It sure was a pleasure to see
Grandma and Grandpa this weekend. Grandpa brought an
album of photographs from phoenix, which we will treasure.
Dad will measure the wood to a fraction of an inch. The
doctor’s suggestion cleared Philip’s confusion about his
Teachers using Samuel Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics can “Cut and Paste” from this Word document to create their own Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics Homework. I recommend that the students write the words in cursive on a sheet of paper at home and read the words to their parents for reinforcement. I gave homework four days every week, Monday through Thursday. I would type the homework for the entire week on a single piece of paper with a little personal letter at the top informing parents of the various activities for the week. Teachers can format the words and sentences to suit their fancy.
In class the students read the words in columns in Alpha-Phonics, but at home they read them across the page. This homework helps the students develop dextral eye movement (smooth left to right movement).
This homework document was originally created for use with the 1983 edition (1995 Printing) on 8/13/05. On 10/6/09, I slightly revised it for my intensive phonics program at the Odessa Christian School: The Cursive Road to Reading and Spelling: The Cursive Cure for ADHD, which, by the way, proved very effective.
On December 5, 2015, I went through the entire document, bringing it into conformity with the 1997/2005/2015 edition. It will still work with the 1983 edition for parents and teacher who have that edition. Prepared by Donald L. Potter – www.donpotter.net
English Alphabet System
Common Spelling Forms
Vowels Dictionary Symbol 1. Short a: a as in cat /ă/
2. Short e: e as in met, ea as bead. /ĕ/
3. Short i: i as in sit, y as in myth, gym /ĭ/
4. Short o: o as in top /ŏ/
5. Short u: u as in cup, ou as in precious /ŭ/
6. Long a: a-e as in ate; ai as in wait; ay as in way /ā/
ei as in veil; eigh as in eight; a as in apron
ey as in they
7. Long e: ee as in tree; ea as in eat; ie as in field; /ē/
e as in me; e-e as in eve; y as in happy, city,
ie as in receive
8. Long i: i-e as in time; igh as in high; y as in try; /ī/
ie as in lie; i a in item.
9. Long o: o as in go, o-e as in home; oa as in boat;
ow as in snow; oe as in toe /ō/
10. Long u: u-e as in use; ew as in new; ue as in true /ū/ (/yo͞o/ & /o͞o/)
iew as in view
11. Long oo: oo as in food /o͞o/
12. Short oo: oo as in good; oul as in could, should /o͝o/
13. ou/ow: ou as in out; ow as in cow
14. oi/oy: oi as in oil; oy as in boy /oi/
15. a (ah): a as in car, father /ä/
16. a: a as in care, there, heir, fair /â/
17. a: a as in all, aw as in law; au as in cause; /ô/
ough as in ought; augh as in taught; o as in loss
18. er: er as in germ; ir as in girl; ur as in fur /ûr/
ear as in earn; or as work
19. o: o as in born, core /ôr/
1. bb as in bat, cab
2. dd as in did
3. f f as in fan, ph as in phone, gh as in rough, laugh
4. gg as in get, gh as in ghetto
5. hh as in house, wh as in who
6. jj as in jam, g as in gem, angel, ginger; dge as in fudge
7. kk/ch as in kick; c as in cat; ch as in chorus;
qu as kw (quit = kwit); x as ks (rex = wrecks)
8. ll as in lull
9. mm as in mom
10. nn as in nut; kn as knee; ng as sin; kn as in sink
11. p p as in prep
12. r r as in ran, car; wr as wrap, write
13. s s as in sell; c as in cell; ps as in psychic
14. tt as in ten, net
15. v v as in van; have; f as in of
16. w w as in well
17. yy as in yes
18. z z as in zoo; s as in has
19. thth as in the, with, father;
th as in thin, think, truth
20. ch ch as in chin, rich; tch as in catch; tu as in capture, picture;