Academy of Literacy converts the memory challenged into logic based learners.
Teaches the ALPHabetic Principle in a meaningful & predictable format.
Learning Style vs Learning Format

Learning Styles versus Learning Formats

A.E. Cunningham’s (1990) award-winning study suggest that an emphasis on insightful learning, even when the objective is basic skills and the students are very young, seems to lead to more effective learning.
Psychological Perspectives on the Early Reading Wars: The Case of Phonological Awareness

A learning style is the brain’s preference for receiving information.

A learning format is the brain’s operating system that processes information received.

  • DiskReformat!! What does that mean?
  • It always worked before!!
  • Why do I need to reformat?
  • This doesn’t make sense!

What!! I’ll lose all my information!!!
I’ll reformat this disc all right!!! Just watch me!

Will that be Mac or PC????

Reformatting is exactly what we ask children to do upon entering school. With the pump in the knowledge approach to education, children are required to convert from a “making sense” learning format to a “memory based” learning format. The outcome is much like converting a P.C user to a Mac user or vice versa. The user’s ‘learning style’ remains unchanged, however, the ‘format’ is changed dramatically.

Current methods still apply rules as tools …

Number BlocksIn contrast to the standards for mathematics, which mention “the development of number sense”, nothing about “sound sense” or “letter sense” is mentioned in the 13 guidelines related to reading, writing, and oral language…

Math Sample Teacher delivers rules and controls learning using:
  • Memory
    • success depends on recall
    • retention requires drill for skill
    • new material does not transfer.
  • Patterns – keep teacher in control of
    • teaching
    • correcting.
…while children look for meaning

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For the child learning language, meaning has been paramount, while the forms in which the meaning is represented have been unimportant – they are merely the medium, which is to be ignored in favor of the message.

Rhetorical questions that reflect the lack understanding

So ever wonder what goes through children’s minds when presented with senseless rules?

“When two vowels go walking…” Sitting Boy
  • The vowels aren’t walking – they are standing still.
  • Why does the vowel need to say its own name when the other vowel is standing beside it?
  • Why do we call the vowel’s name its long sound – a name is not a sound?
  • Why do both vowels in this word ‘trial’ talk - the second one isn’t supposed to?!
  • Why do I need two vowels together to get a long sound in some words and not in others?
  • Why do I even need a vowel?
  • What is so special about vowels?
ALPHabiTunes tunes into style and format with cartoons

The motivational value of associating letters with interesting characters or hand motions and incorporating this into activities and games that are fun is important for promoting young children’s learning.

Fun Blocks Socratic questions that reflect clear understanding

Animated letters make sense as they generate learning in a format that children can:
  • relate to, as they see the letters as a reflection of themselves so they;
    • integrate the learning effortlessly because they are looking within
    • transfer learning into other areas as the learning is logical and predictable.
  • Students become self-reliant as a result of;
    • self-teaching
    • self-correcting.
Letter A Result:
This inside-out-format equals independence as students develop:
  • self-confidence
  • self-esteem.

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Learning is neither ‘directed’ nor ‘natural’, but ‘scaffolded’.(Greenfield et.al.1994)) [Quoted in Healy] A positive relationship has been found between the level of scaffolding in computer assisted instruction (CAI) software and children’s congnitive development (Shute & Miksad, 1997).

Girl at desk

As educators we must literally get back to the drawing board – or the computer or television screen – to develop visual materials for instruction.