Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space Offers Alpha-Mania Early Childhood Education Storybooks for Parents, Educators, Day Care Centers, Nurseries, Preschools and Franchises for School Readiness

Alpha-Mania Teaches Children Five Essential Predictors of Reading Success: Sound-Symbol Correspondence, Rhyming and Alliteration, Blending, Segmenting and Recognizing Sounds Within Words

By Ruth Rumack

Toronto, Ontario – For the past 16 years, the Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space (RRLS) has used Alpha-Mania storybooks to teach early literacy and phonological awareness skills to children in preschool through 1st grade via personalized one-to-one teaching sessions, interactive teacher-led group classes and licensed lesson plans. The company targets daycares, nursery schools and homeschools throughout Canada and is now taking new orders from the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Australia and other English speaking countries. Please call (416) 925-1225 to learn more.

The Alpha-Mania storybooks encourage interactions between readers and children that promote the development of early-reading skills. They are colorful, animated adventures that take children on board pirate ships with the Alpha-Mania crew to sail the seven seas in search of consonants and vowels in a wonderful and intriguing world of sounds, symbols and words.

On their exciting adventures, captivated children are introduced to the five essential predictors of reading success in order to inspire reading confidence:

1. Sound-Symbol Correspondence
2. Rhyming and Alliteration (repetition of the first sound in a group of words)
3. Blending (combining individual sounds to make words)
4. Segmenting (separating words into individual parts and sounds)
5. Recognizing Sounds within Words

In addition to the existing Alpha-Mania storybooks, the RRLS staff will soon be conducting an Alpha-Mania crowdfunding campaign on to raise money to take these important lessons into the electrifying new world of digital education technology.

The main goal of the crowdfunding campaign will be to make the Alpha-Mania early childhood literacy program available to schools, literacy centers and other organizations that educate children.

Alpha-Mania Early Childhood Learning and Literacy
Alpha-Mania Early Childhood Learning and Literacy

Students, parents, teachers and schools who donate money to the crowdfunding campaign will be able to enter a contest to name characters, animals, ships, islands, places and treasure coves throughout the Alpha-Mania storybooks that will be printed after the crowdfunding campaign.

Once the printed storybooks have been finalized, RRLS will use a portion of the crowdfunding proceeds to take the Alpha-Mania adventures into the world of digital media.

E-books and apps will come first, followed by a newly designed website and a web series that will allow parents and teachers to use smartphones, tablets and personal computers to download Alpha-Mania lessons and use them to teach children early childhood pre-reading, reading and other literacy skills.

Fun Early Childhood Learning with Alpha-Mania  at Ruth Rumack's Learning Center
Fun Early Childhood Learning with Alpha-Mania at Ruth Rumack’s Learning Center

If you would like to follow our progress, please click here to sign up for our free HeadTalker news alert, which will notify everyone via social media when the details of the new crowdfunding campaign are released on May 25, 2015.

The first storybook, Captain Ray and the Rhyming Pirates, is now available for purchase for $15 on the website. Volume discounts are available for franchises, pre-schools, day care centers, nurseries and other types of educational organizations that buy in bulk. Please call (416) 925-1225 to speak with Ruth Rumack for volume sales pricing information.


Active, Interactive, and Creative Ways to Practise Spelling Lists!


Does getting your child to practise spelling words leave both of you frustrated? Well, we’ve got the perfect fix! Whether your child is extremely active, visual, tech savy, or chatty and outgoing, here are three fun and fabulous ways to practise spelling, without the drama:


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This game is perfect for kids who love to be active. It simply involves sticking the list of spelling words on the wall on one side of a room and a blank sheet of paper and pencil on the other. Have your child run to the wall with the word list, read the word silently and try to remember the spelling (of the first two syllables, half the word, the whole word, or the first three words, depending on ability), then run to you (at the other wall) and whisper the spelling while you write it down. Record timing and continue to play the game to see if your child can improve both his or her speed and accuracy.



Have your child design personal flashcards for the spelling words. He/she can play with the color, the font, the size of the letters, and even add a picture to each flashcard.To help remember the spelling of the tricky words, he/she could use different colors or fonts for specific parts of the words.


Some children love to show and share their knowledge! Have your child play the role of the teacher and you play the role of the student, and dictate the words to you while you write them down. Write some of them with the letters jumbled or with incorrect letters added to some of the words. Once you are done, it’s the “teacher”‘s turn to correct your work, by comparing your spelling list with the original (correct) one. If your child is confident with most of the words on the list, have him/ her try to correct your “test” without looking at the original list of words.

For other tips, suggestions, and support in developing your child’s spelling or writing skills, please contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space at 416.925.1225 or visit