by Caren Thomas
The purpose of the 3 programmes is to teach letters.
Programme 1 is 148 pages long and focuses on Group 1 letters: c, a, d, g, o, e, q.
To read and write your child needs to learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. Learning letter sounds and letter recognition before starting full time education will give your child a head start with reading and writing.
This is a phonics programme that focuses on learning letters by sight, sound and formation, through various activities. The programme requires dedication. It is not about having your child complete one worksheet after another. It is about spending quality time with your child. The activities are fun and interesting and they each have a clear focus. I believe children need to “play” and “do” in order to learn successfully. The programme does include some worksheets. Free photocopiable downloads of the worksheets are available by request.
I have grouped the letters together into 5 groups:
Group 1 c a d g o e q
Group 2 s f
Group 3 i l t u y j
Group 4 r n m h b p
Group 5 k v w x z
The reason I have grouped the letters this way is because of handwriting patterns e.g. all of the letters in Group 1 use a rounded pattern that all begin with the “c” shape.
Each programme focuses on different letters:
Programme 1 Group 1 letters: c, a, d, g, o, e, q.
Programme 2 Group 2 & 3 letters: s, f, I, l, t, u, y, j.
Programme 3 Group 4 & 5 letters: r, n, m, h, d, p, k, v, w, x, z.
What is included in each programme?
1. Assessment Activity:
– Before starting the activities in the programme the first step is to assess your child’s knowledge of alphabet letter sounds. This is an useful activity to follow as you will then be able to compare results later, in order to see progress. This is a quick and simple activity that will only take a few minutes to complete.
– If your child already recognises some letters -as seen from the assessment activity, you can still follow the activities below, but not spend as much time with each letter. It is always useful to reinforce letter recognition with young children.
2. Individual Letter Activities:
– There are approximately 6-10 activities for each letter.
– At the start of each letter there is a list of words that the activities focus on. e.g For the letter “c” the words are: clown, car, cake, cat, candle, caterpillar, cabbage.
– For each letter there is a choice of practical activities that are creative and fun! You can choose to follow every activity, or simply choose the ones that appeal to your child. An example of a practical activity is making “c” shapes out of playdough.
– Each letter includes activities that focus on letter formation practice. Again, these are optional activities as some young children’s fine motor skills might not be developed enough to give them the control needed to form letters correctly. You may still do these activities by guiding your child’s hand throughout the practice.
3. Revision Activities:
– It is important that children revisit and revise letters little and often. It is easier for your child to remember a new skill if it is taught to them several times over. Children learn when they are relaxed and having fun. The revision activities include ideas that can be implemented when you are out and about with your child.
4. End of Programme Assessment Activity.
5. Appendices:The programme includes many bonus activities in the appendices- alphabet frieze, list of suitable stories and rhymes for each letter.
6. Free Bonus Material- Child’s name activities.
This is a complete programme suitable for working at home or at Nursery or pre-school setting. As a teacher, and a mother of 3 children I am a firm believer in spending quality time to teach basic skills. This programme is fun and educational and is an ideal way to introduce letters and sounds to your child.
I wish you great success with the Programme!
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