Abracadabra – A Web-based Literacy Program

Abracadabra Reading Program

Abracadabra – called ABRA – is short for A Balanced Reading Approach for CAnadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All.

Designed for students in the preschool to early elementary school age range, this website takes young readers on an adventure with a girl named Julie and her cat, Leo, when they discover a magic desk in a school closet. The program consists of a combination of games, stories, and activities for the kids online. They pick a style of writing, such as fiction, poetry, folktales, etc, and then choose an activity based on one of these categories:

  • Sounds, Letters, and Words
  • Reading
  • Understanding the Story
  • Writing

The games are fun, interactive, laid out in an easy-to-follow fashion, and include verbal instructions to explain how to play/complete the activity.

Here are some samples of the games you can play:

Abracadabra Reading Program

Check out this overview of ABRACADABRA video for more information on the program.

In the parental section, you will find a tab labelled “What to watch for.” This area gives you both a chance to see what is expected for a child to know about reading and writing at the Kindergarten through Grade 2 ranges, and also what kinds of things to keep your eye on while they are learning – such as reversed letters, and swapping out words for their own version. I like that they have some ideas about how to work on these, if necessary.

There is also a teacher’s section that is full of handy resources – including printable worksheets, some lesson plans, explanations of different skills, lots of tips and suggestions, and more. You will find that there are two tabs that are locked in the teacher’s area – the assessment and communication zones. The reason for that is because this is actually a “lite” version of the program.

Fun. Educational. Interactive. Canadian. Free.

3 thoughts on “Abracadabra – A Web-based Literacy Program”

  1. This looks fabulous. I like the idea that they can choose what they would like to read. I love fun interactive things that kids can learn from. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Lisa, I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for all the work you have done to help parents homeschool their children. This is exactly what I have been looking for these printable are brilliant! I am so glad I stumbled upon your website. Thank you, thank you, thank you

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