ALPHabiTunes' teaching begins on the computer with the letter K refereeing a soccer game.
A wayward soccer ball hits the K referee in the stomach, which on impact gives the letter K both its new compact shape (K-K) and its sound Kuh.
The letter C looking for a sound of its own and recognizing that another ball will be needed for the game to continue, superimposes itself on a ball and begins to practice its bouncing techniques along with its new sound Cuh - modeled on the sound of the ball hitting the turf.
The K, realizing that the C is about to steal its sound, confronts the C and a dispute follows with the letter K making its sound Kuh and the letter C responding with its Cuh sound.
The argument between the K and C over the same sound escalates and the K asserts its authority as a referee by kicking the ball with the C out of the game.
The letter C clings tenaciously to the ball as it flies out of the stadium on its quest to find another sound.
The K is unceremoniously stripped of its referee gear in reprimand for showing a serious lack of judgment in kicking out an opponent.
The disgraced K is whisked off to be identified and to await its penalty.
The letter C is seen in the following letter's story once again plotting to assume another's sound.
The conflict that plays out in the story of the K and C mirrors the struggle that children face in trying to decide whether to use the letter K or C in spelling words with a Kuh sound.
(In the 41 phonemes listed as the smallest sound units, the letter C is missing).
To resolve this confusion the penalties handed down to K become lessons in its usage for the students.
The Tree of Knowledge decrees three penalties
Each of the three penalties is presented from a child's perspective.
Through discussions the child learns how each penalty plays out in the usage of the K in printing and reading words.
Penalty # 1 - K can no longer be trusted so its behavior must be closely monitored.
So unless the I, Y or E are the letters immediately following the K, the C is used for the sound Cuh.
Penalty # 2 - both K and C must receive counseling in anger management.
A compromise is the solution: C now stands behind K, and in words with only one vowel, together they make a Cuh sound.
Penalty # 3 - the letter K is no longer allowed to play on team sports.
Children discover that, in the middle of words with more than 2 syllables, the letter K is seldom used to say Kuh.
With the roles of C and K now defined, both get to keep their Cuh - Kuh sounds and C is added to the list.
As the program progresses, children discover how certain letters come to share sounds.
For children, each letter's behavior and function becomes increasingly logical and predictable once they realize letters respond exactly as they would.
Too many educators cling to the paradigm that English is neither predictable nor logical so traditional rules continue to be taught.