ABRACADABRA, A Balanced Reading Approach for Children Always Designed to Achieve Best Results for All, is a highly interactive, early literacy web-based tool that supports beginning readers through 33 engaging activities linked to 20 stories of different kinds.


In this Parent Module, you will find information about ABRACADABRA (ABRA) and how it supports early literacy skills. You will discover practical and fun tips for helping your child develop those skills and avoid anxiety.

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How Can Parents Help?

Learning to read is an exciting time for both children and parents, but reading doesn’t happen on its own. As parents, it is important for you to help your children learn to read by working together with them at home. Using ABRACADABRA, your child can practice alphabetics, fluency, comprehension, and writing in a fun, game-like environment.


Research shows that when parents take part in helping their children learn to read, their child will improve their:

  • Reading skills
  • Understanding of language
  • Communication skills
  • Interest in reading
  • Enjoyment of reading
  • Overall success in the classroom

Because of this research, we believe that parents can play a large role in their child’s learning by bringing reading and writing into the home. ABRA is also used in the classroom. Make sure to check with your child’s teacher to make the best use of ABRA together.

Kindergarten and Grades One & Two

Kindergarten is your child’s entry point into school. During this year, your child will enrich their vocabulary, and continue to discover a love for reading and writing. He or she will also learn to recognize letters and sounds, as well as counting syllables in a word.


The first grade is an important step in your child’s life. Essentially, everything is put in place for them to succeed in learning how to read and write.


During the second grade, your child reinforces their capacity and motivation to read and write.


This document provides an overview of the literacy skills children are likely to achieve in Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2.

It’s very simple to use in any language arts program

– Irene Tsimiklis, Teacher

I decided to use ABRA because it is fun and engaging, it motivates my students, and it reinforces early literacy skills.

– Tanya Bell Beccat

I liked ABRA because it was fun but ABRA was also teaching me things.

– Elementary Student

I think it is a valuable tool for children to learn the early literacy skills that are required for them to become fluent readers.

– Irene Tsimiklis

A Balanced Literacy Approach

ABRA activities support four key literacy skills: alphabetics, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.

A Balanced Literacy Approach

ABRA activities support four key literacy skills: alphabetics, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.



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Alphabetics

This skill refers to the ability to associate sounds with letters and then to use those letters to create words. Children need frequent opportunities to practice sounds and words.



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Fluency

This skill refers to the ability to read a text out loud accurately, at an appropriate speed, and with proper expression. Fluent readers are able to decode the words in a text quickly, and thus can concentrate on the meaning.



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Comprehension

This skill targets reading for meaning, which is the goal of learning how to read.



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Writing

This skill addresses the use of letters and words to create sentences and texts for others to read, so that children can learn important lessons about communication.



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Alphabetics

This skill refers to the ability to associate sounds with letters and then to use those letters to create words. Children need frequent opportunities to practice sounds and words.


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Fluency

This skill refers to the ability to read a text out loud accurately, at an appropriate speed, and with proper expression. Fluent readers are able to decode the words in a text quickly, and thus can concentrate on the meaning.


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Comprehension

This skill targets reading for meaning, which is the goal of learning how to read.


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Writing

This skill addresses the use of letters and words to create sentences and texts for others to read, so that children can learn important lessons about communication.



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