Our expert tutors teach students to recognise letters and the common sounds they represent.
Does Your Child Understand That Letters represent Sounds?
Literacy is reading, writing, speaking and listening. Young students are developing foundational skills, knowledge and understandings in literacy that will support all of their future learning. The early years are an extremely important time in the life of a student.
As young students develop their literacy skills they begin to understand that ‘black squiggles*’ on a page represent sounds, and groups of ‘black squiggles’ represent words and groups of ‘black squiggles’ organised in straight lines across a page represent sentences and convey meaning.
Optimise Learning’s Beginning Literacy workshop series is designed to give young students an optimal start as they begin to develop their understandings and attitudes towards reading and writing. Each workshop program in our ‘Beginning Literacy’ series has been developed by a specialised early childhood consultant.
Our Beginning Phonics workshop program is designed for young students who are starting school next year and for students who are currently completing their first year of school. Phonics is the teaching of letter to sound relationships for reading and writing.
During our Beginning Phonics workshop program students will be introduced to letters and the sounds they usually make, they will practise listening for sounds in words, they will discover how to write each letter and develop their early reading skills by identifying the letters of the alphabet and tracking text.
To maximise their child’s participation and learning, we recommend that parents participate in our Beginning Phonics workshop program with their child. By joining in with their child, parents will learn strategies to support their child’s literacy development.
To consolidate and extend their understanding of letters and the sounds they usually make, students are provided with booklets that include exercises for them to complete in between workshops.
*In text, letters, words and sentences are usually printed in black.
Early Reading Series – Each 11-14 page booklet in this series of 8, has been specifically designed to develop the Phonological Awareness of young students who are learning to read. Phonological Awareness refers to the ability of students to attend to the sounds of language and can be developed through ‘word play’. There are a number of follow up activities for students to complete to develop their reading comprehension skills and early literacy understandings. To read these books independently, students need to be able to identify the letters of the alphabet, and the sounds they represent.
*Achievement Standards describe the expected knowledge, understanding and skills of students at each year level. You can read more about Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards HERE.
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