ABC Journey Companion Course

In this step-by-step Video Course, you will learn how to teach your child to read and write with confidence


  • Confidently guide your child from the pre-reading stage, to mastery of the written word.
  • Learn the essentials steps of reading and writing.
  • Follow the step-by-step path to literacy that Noah Webster and past educators blazed; and which led to the most literate generations our nation ever witnessed.

I created the ABC Journey Companion Video Course to help homeschool parents who want to go deeper in the ABC Journey program; to help those who are just starting out, those who need a little more guidance than just going through the book, those who desire a bit of community while going on the journey, and for those wanting more access to myself.

For those of you looking to get started with your child's reading and writing, I'm here to show you how clear and simple it can really be. Are you ready?

A Homeschool Literacy Program That Makes Sense

Step-by-Step Video Course


The ABC Journey Video course is comprised of 6 different lessons, and 15 videos; giving you step-by-step instructions on the different skills of literacy.

Printable eBook & Extras


Read the eBook on any device, or print it out. Either way, you have everything you need for your child's literacy in one book.

Family-Friendly Plan


Purchase the course and get lifetime access for your whole family. No need to buy separate workbooks and materials for every child in your family.


Stages Covered in the ABC Journey Course


1. Pre-Reading Stage

Help your child build solid language foundation. Practice a variety of activities to help prepare them for reading & writing, and develope their linguistic awareness skills.


2. Alphabet

Teach your child the names of the 26 letters of the English alphabet, lower & upper case, cursive & print, consonants and vowels. Work on identifying the alphabet in different forms of print.


3. Handwriting

Teach your child how to position their body, paper, and writing utensil to avoid writing fatigue. Learn to write lowercase and uppercase letters, in cursive.


4. Phonics

Help your child to learn the letter-to-sound connection, learn the simple phonograms, and common multi-letter phonograms, then start to blend the sounds together.


5. Syllables

The forgotten key: Teach your child the fundamental building block of English words- syllables, and how they affect accurate spelling and proper pronunciation.  


6. Spelling

Combine all previous skills, learn new phonograms and spelling patterns, and hone your child's literacy skills by practicing though Webster's carefully organized spelling lists.

Meet Stephen Kurkinen

Your Friend in the Journey

Stephen Kurkinen, Designer

Hi there, I'm Stephen, a fellow homeschooling parent, father of 5 girls (1 more on the way), and an English teacher in Asia since 2004.

Seeking the Ancient Paths

Over the past few years I have spent large amounts time, money, and energy plowing through phonics materials that were either too complex or cumbersome for any normal parent to use; too simplistic and vague, lacking necessary instructions; or just crazy expensive.

In my search for the best homeschooling phonics and writing curriculums for my own children I stumbled upon the classic reading and spelling books used in America and England.

It turns out that intellectual giants of the past (including the father of American Education, Noah Webster) had already figured out the best way to teach our students how to read, pronounce, spell, and write with excellence. But their way was different from the methods used in modern schools, and even most homeschooling curriculum. They taught reading by teaching students to spell words, first

But there are a few main problems with these older materials that affect a modern parent's ability to use them:

  • the absence of clear instructions on how to use the materials 
  • the lack of pre-reading, and handwriting instruction
  • the natural change in word meaning and usage over the centuries

My desire is to take that wisdom of the past, that created generations of literate people, add some of the missing steps, clarify what might cause confusion, and make it easy to use in your own homeschool setting.

The journey to reading and writing should be as clear and straightforward as possible; in language that normal parents and students can understand, and at a price they can afford. That's why I wrote ABC Journey.


ABC Journey is meant to guide your child from the pre-reading stage to a 12th-grade reading and spelling level, as well as give your child the skills to write in elegant cursive.

With daily work through this book, you can be confident in your ability to teach your child to read and write, and be confident that your child will have everything they need to succeed on their Journey to Literacy.

In Your Service,

Stephen Kurkinen

Fellow Homeschool Father, and Friend along the Path.


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This reading course is a complete literacy course which will equip you to teach any student, young or old, how to learn the following:

  • Pre-Reading Preparation
  • Stage 1: The Alphabet 
  • Stage 2: Intro to Phonics
  • Stage 3: Handwriting 
  • Stage 4: Webster's Syllabary
  • Stage 5: Webster's Spelling Lists

The course is primarily taught through video lessons and the accompanying e-book, but includes printable flashcards, and practice worksheets.

Course Goal

Going through this book your child will be able to:

Read, Spell, and Write words at a 12th grade level, confidently and accurately.  


Stage 1: Alphabet

English is an alphabetic language, and so we start with the letters. In this course we'll learn the alphabet using the multi-sensory methods:

  • Songs
  • Flashcards
  • Identifying Letters

Stage 2: Handwriting

In this course we will be practicing writing at the same time as reading in order to make a visual-audio connection in the student's mind.  We will go over the following elements of handwriting:

  • Posture of Student's body
  • Paper Handling
  • Pen grip
  • Cursive and Print



Stage 3: Phonics

In the Phonics Stage we introduce:

  • The basic sounds that vowels and consonants make
  • How to Blend those sounds into syllables and words (decoding)
  • How to write simple words of one syllable (encoding)

Stage 4: Syllables

The missing key to spelling and word pronunciation is syllable division and syllable emphasis. Syllables are:

  • The most fundamental building block of words. 
  • More accurate at representing the connection between letters and sounds than normal phonics (phonemes). 



Stage 5: Spelling

In this section we combine all the previous skills to master the English written word:

  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling &
  • Pronunciation

Features of the Course

E Book

The Journey to Literacy e-book is printable, and contains a summary of how to teach each of the Core Skills- The Alphabet, Handwriting, Phonics, Syllables, and Spelling.

20 Video Lessons

The Companion Course includes 6 sections, with in-depth, how-to videos covering the various sections of the book

    Printable Resources

    Access the online content library for all printable practice sheets, flashcards, mp3's, and more.

    Course RoadMap

    No more guessing! Follow this systematic, step-by-step online course and you'll soon be reading and spelling with excellence!


      This course is self-paced. Feel free to go through this course at your own.

      Track Your Progress

      Every time you sign in you can start right back where you left off, with a simple click of a button. We also show you your current progress on every page. 

      Any browser

      Access this online course on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

      Knowledge Base

      Access to a growing collection of articles and resources to help you excel at reading, phonics, spelling, and more!

        Satisfaction Guaranteed

        If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the course, contact me within 30 days for a full refund. I want you to be happy!

        Prep Stage: Pre-Reader

        Having a large vocabulary, good pronunciation, and basic phonemic awareness are all crucial in building the foundation for literacy. Before a child learns to read and write there are key things you can do to get them ready. 

        • Conversation
        • Reading
        • Songs
        • Games


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        ABC Journey Video Course Bundle


        Get Immediate Access To the Course!

        • The ABC Journey Video Course: including 15+ step-by-step instructional videos: $70
        • The ABC Journey eBook (300+ pg PDF): $30
        • Access to the Online Resource Library:  $20

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          Starter Pack Contents

          Roadmap to Literacy- 5 page eBooklet PDF

          Cursive Flashcards with Phonogram Sounds Listed on Back- PDF

          Print Flashcards- PDF

          Cursive Handwriting Workbook- 15 pages PDF

          English Phonograms List- 3 pages PDF

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