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Blue Manor Education Phonics Book Set: Review {and Giveaway!}

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This post is my review of a product that I received at no cost to me. All opinions expressed are solely my own. This post contains affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy.

As a (former) kindergarten teacher with a Masters in elementary education, I am extremely passionate about early literacy and phonics. I have invested a lot of time (and money) into many different phonics materials – and I have found many that I love and would recommend. However, many of the programs that I like are very costly, and others can be confusing in the sequencing of their lessons.


What is Blue Manor and what is included in their program?

Blue Manor Education believes that an Elite Education begins in the home.  They seek to help parents raise sons and daughters, whose legacies honor their families and glorify their God through learning books for kids ages 1-12 and early learning curriculum.

Blue Manor Education has created an amazing phonics curriculum that is both inexpensive and easy to understand – I love the simplicity of its lessons and the sequence of letters. This set will help you teach your child to read with no additional materials needed.  It is structured and organized so there is no room for confusion. For only $14.99, your child will receive the following ten ebooks:

  • Level 1 Phonics Reading
  • Level 2 Phonics Reading
  • Alphabet book
  • Penmanship guide {with 50 writing printables}
  • six phonics books

What will my child learn?

Blue Manor Education begins with knowledge and reading of uppercase letters first before moving on to sounding out the lowercase letters. In my {Early Literacy Stages} series, I recommend the same sequence: uppercase letters first, followed by lowercase.  I love that they focus their phonics in uppercase letters, as these are the letters your child will, most likely, recognize first.  It makes logical sense to begin phonics learning and reading with these before moving on to reading with lowercase letters.  This is the element I love most about their phonics program.  (Read more here for why teaching uppercase letters first can help set your child up for success.)


After teaching your child through the Level 1 Phonics Reading book, your child will have learned the majority of his sounds — as well as a few carefully thought-out sight words — the program acknowledges that phonics reading benefits a child’s learning before memorizing. Your child will begin with sounds to create words within the first three lessons. For example, the first three lessons include the sounds: “U(h)”, “P”, and “UP”.

After teaching the Level 2 Phonics Reading book, your child will be confident in reading both upper and lowercase, as well as recognizing punctuation, and reading more difficult letter combinations, such as vowel digraphs and consonant clusters.

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Once your child masters one or two sounds, or lessons, at a time, you can move on, always reviewing previous material. Above is a picture of one of the pages from the book to show you how the lessons are put together. The teacher’s role is put in parentheses below the letters your child reads.

It’s easy to teach, it’s easy to learn, and it’s also fun!”

How do I get my materials?

All of the books are downloadable directly after purchase – they are “ebooks”. This is such an incredible way to get your materials. Not only do you get your books immediately, but you also have a diverse way to teach your child: you can teach using your computer or iPad, you could print out the materials and teach one by one, or put them in a three-ring binder.

When I taught kindergarten, I sent my students home with their weekly phonics books, and I guided them to set their books in a special place, like a basket beside their bed or on a small table. You can do the same with these ebooks and not worry that you’re giving them your “only copy.”  The little phonics books — CAT and RAT, BAD DOG, PIG’S PEN, Frog’s Trip, Hopping Mess, Pretty Bug – can be printed out as many times as you need! You can give them to your child to cherish and read on their own, to color, or to laminate for durability.

But I don’t know how to teach…

I look forward to utilizing this Phonics Set when my son is ready to sound out his letters.  This curriculum is all inclusive and no teaching experience is necessary — you can feel confident that your child is receiving a whole and edifying early literacy education while using their phonics curriculum.  (They also have amazing Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculums that include many subjects.)  These curriculums are all-inclusive, though utilizing various hands-on learning toys and tools would be is recommended for the development of other areas, such as, sensorial, practical life, and developing other fine and gross motor skills.


Win a Phonics Set now!

Blue Manor Education has amazing resources on their site — you can download a Free Book of Virtues and a Free Blank Calendar — they also have a wonderful Free Bible Class for Babies from their blog True Aim.  You can check out some informative videos: The Hows and Whys of Homeschooling, and Why Public Schools are Failing and their amazing compilation of Learning Website for Kids!  I love that they handle difficult topics concerning education and homeschooling on their They blog at their Blue Manor Blog.

Blue Manor Education is giving away one Phonics Reading Set!  I am so excited to be hosting my first giveaway through Rafflecopter!  Please enter, and good luck!  Giveaway is open until Friday, August 23, at 11:59 EST and is open internationally!


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I was provided Blue Manor Education’s PreK & K Phonics Book Set for free to review in exchange for an honest review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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  1. This would be so perfect for my computer loving toddler! He’s already learning so much from free websites, but it would be so great to have something structured like this.

  2. I would love this for me computer savvy toddler. He learned his alphabet just by playing free games online. An organized curriculum on the computer would be so great.

  3. I have 3 children who are struggling to learn to read. This would probably be of a great help.

  4. I would love this for my granddaughter. She had a brain injury 5 mo. ago and is having a bit of trouble retaining what she isearning. Iv noticed she is more engaged and seems to remember more with computer programs. Esp. ones with music!

  5. I am just starting Tot School with my daughter. She has been picking up letters so quickly and asking how to write them, I knew it was time to start a more structured learning with her. This set looks great, and I think she would love them!

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