Academy of Literacy converts the memory challenged into logic based learners.
Teaches the ALPHabetic Principle in a meaningful & predictable format.
Supporting Research
Independent controlled study
“Current teaching methods, in particular the trend away from ability grouping, make it difficult to meet the needs of children with varying abilities and degrees of readiness when it comes to teaching the letters and their sounds. … sight-sound correspondence requires mastery or it is of little use.”
(Cameron - Researcher)
Controlled Study Results

Note: Variation in instructional time per week in the experimental versus control and placebo groups.

  • Experimental group and First Nations group spent on average 60 minutes per week on ALPHabiTunes.
  • Control group spent between 15-25 minutes per day (75-225 minutes per week) on reading-related activities.
  • Placebo group were asked to spent at least 15 minutes per day (a minimum of 75 minutes per week) specifically on sight-sound activities.

“The ALPHabiTunes’ program seems to offer a solution to this problem. The program seems to teach sight-sound correspondence, and it does so in an individualized fashion. This program can make a real contribution to the teaching of beginning reading, especially, it would seem with native students.”
(Cameron 2002- Researcher)

ALPHabiTunes - Controlled Study

ALPHabiTunes fits Scientific Research on
‘Reading Principles of Reading Instruction Based on the Finding of Scientific Research on Reading’

These principles have been distilled from the findings of more than 30 years of research studies under two very expensive federally funded programs: … the research indicates that, to be most effective, these principles should be taught in sequence:

  1. Teach phonemic awareness directly.
  2. Teach, explicitly and in isolation, the single speech sound-spelling represented by each letter or letter combination. Provide practice in recognizing these speech sound-spelling relationships in decodable text.
  3. Teach frequent, highly regular speech sound-spelling relationships systematically progressing from easier to more difficult, and provide practice reading them daily, first in isolation and then in the context of words and sentences.
  4. Teach students directly how to sound out words by blending the word's speech sound-spellings together sequentially from left to right, and then provide practice using words composed of only those speech sound-spelling relationships that have been systematically taught.
  5. Provide connected, decodable text for students to use to practice the speech sound-spelling relationships they have learned.
  6. Teach reading comprehension using interesting teacher read stories that include words most children have not yet learned to read, but which are part of their spoken vocabulary. (ALPHabiTunes’ Teachers’ Manual provides a list of books that target specific reading skills)
  7. Teach decoding and comprehension skills concurrently but separately, until reading becomes fluent such that comprehension skills learned through teacher-read literature can be applied to the students' own reading once they become fluent decoders. ( ALPHabiTunes provides print-outs of words blended to be used in developing vocabulary and comprehension at the sentence level)

Grossen Bonnie. Report, Project Follow Through Analysis. Effective School Practices. Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1995-96.


Researchers' Comments:

They (kids) learned a lot from it, not only what’s on the program but the nuances as well. A number of the experimental kids said almost immediately, that letter has more than 1 sound and that letter has 3 sounds. That came very, very seldom from kids in the control and placebo groups. Dr. Ian Cameron (University of Victoria)

In this type of resource it is not only necessary to engage the student through attractive and stimulating visual material, but also to sequence the material so that it develops critical and analytical thinking. I feel this aspect of the storyboard has been very carefully thought through… Dr. Dale McIntosh (Arts in Education University of Victoria)

Primary Teachers' Comments:

It was a treat to work with!
I couldn’t believe how pure their sounds were when I tested the letters. They are just now putting the sounds together. Children master each letter before they go on. They are not going on before they are ready. The ones they have done are strong. For the ones they haven’t done yet, they’ll say, “No, I haven’t done that one yet.” When tracing, their hand just automatically goes to the right spot without a second thought. Carol (Kindergarten)

It meets the needs of those children who need all their learning modalities when they are learning. You see it, and say it, and touch it all at the same time when taking in the information and this program provides that. Joan (Kindergarten/grade one for First Nations)

I love the program – children are fully engaged. It really does the job working through all the learning modalities. Children who are learning well orally are getting the instruction orally while practicing following the program visually. The fact that all three things are working at the same time is not only a great way to work on the alphabet skills but helps those children who need to work on the other modalities at the same time. I found that to be really helpful for the little children in terms of good listening skills and those who have small muscle development delays.

I tend to leave formal printing practice until early spring. Now the printing teaching that I am doing is much more like a printing practice because they know how to create the letters in the way we want to teach them. Donna (Grade one)

School Computer Teachers'/Technicians' Comments:

Kids were deeply engaged by it, more so than virtually any other program I have seen at the primary level. They sit down and will be completely focused to the point that if you come to help them or communicate with them, they see that as an intrusion. Scott (School’s technician & computer lab teacher)

One of the first things that I noticed was the engaged silence in the room as the students worked their way through a series of motivating activities. To have children at the kindergarten level fully engaged for a forty minute period was unexpected. Doug (ESL teacher)

Parent's Comment:

My child has been playing with ALPHabiTunes for 3 years. He is currently in Grade 1 and is able to read small novels. His spelling is very good and he is able to sound out words that are unfamiliar to him. ALPHabiTunes gave him a great base and was very enjoyable. Sandie Landa

Child’s comment:

I wish I could buy ALPHabiTunes for all the kids in my class. Adam (Grade two student)


I am constantly searching for tools to help students who find learning to read and write challenging. A local company has developed a computer program which will help students make sense of written English. Barb Pringle is the teacher who has developed this program and as over the years she has helped several of our students, I am excited about being involved in this project.
(Brenda Simmons, Principal, South Park School)

I see this as a program that could work in both a regular classroom and in a resource room. Depending on the cost, I easily see every school in the district purchasing such a program.
(Dr. Monty Bryant, Assistant Superintendent, Victoria School district.)

ALPHabiTunes became a victim of it’s own success.

As Dr. Monty Bryant, states “Depending on the cost.”
Once the professionals realized that ALPHabiTunes would be beneficial to all students, and not just the “at risk” students the following edict was issued:
“In lieu of the results we cannot ethically give the program to the students who need it as the program would be beneficial to all students which we cannot afford.”

Teachers' Testimonials:

Testimonial #1
What is being developed here is, of course, not what we would expect to see in what has commonly come to be known as an "interactive multimedia learning resource." I state this because there is a very carefully developed sequential learning process involved here that demands that true interactivity become subordinate to that sequence of learning. The use of on-screen animations and sound clips aids greatly in engaging the students in the learning process and provide necessary rewards for what might be described as "correct" behaviour. Dr. Dale McIntosh, Arts in Education, University of Victoria

Testimonial # 2
I was especially impressed by the fact that the technical staff, … constantly observed in the classroom so that they are able to gain a much deeper and richer understand of her techniques than would be possible on paper only. I believe that the artists and programmer are able to create much better material because of their depth of understanding of the learning principles and teaching techniques involved and do not concentrate entirely on technical and artistic matters. (Dr. Dale McIntosh, Arts in Education, University of Victoria.