Academy of Literacy converts the memory challenged into logic based learners.
Teaches the ALPHabetic Principle in a meaningful & predictable format.
In a systematic instruction, attention is direct to the detail of the teaching process. At its most systematic, it will probably involve careful demonstration, massed and spaced practice of those skills (sometime in isolation), corrective feedback of errors, and continuous evaluation of progress.
A Total Quality Management approach
If education were to follow the Total Quality Management mandate to meet the needs of the customer, reading programs would:
- make sense to children
- teach children directly without adult intervention
- enable children to take control of their learning
- communicate to children in language they can comprehend
- build on what the child knows and already understands
- provide children with strategies to self-check and self-correct
- present the patterns of language in a format children can relate to
- cater to ALL learning modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, motor and experiential…)
Phonics - a Conundrum
All phonics programs are not the same
Phonics programs can include six different kinds of phonics.
- Analytic phonics -
analyzing letter-sound relationships once a word has been identified.
- Phonics in context -
using sound-letter correspondence along with context clues to identify unfamiliar words.
- Analogy phonics -
using parts of already-known written words to identify new words.
- Phonics-through-spelling -
transforming sounds into letters to write words.
- Embedded phonics -
children are taught letter-sound relationships during the reading of connected text. (Since children encounter different letter-sound relationships as they read, this approach is not systematic or explicit.)
- Synthetic/explicit phonics -
convert letters into phonemes, and then blend the phonemes to form recognizable words
phonics is learning to pay attention to every letter, to process letters in a left-to-right direction and to connect each letter to its sound.
All phonics methods are not the same
Many teachers, even those who think they already teach phonics, have no idea what a systematic phonics program entails.
There are four approaches to phonics instruction.
- Implicit phonics – moving from the whole to the smallest part (phoneme).
- Explicit phonics – phoneme is isolated for the children.
- Incidental phonics
- Discovery or embedded instruction, shifts the onus of using phonics cues from the teacher to the student by assuming that students will develop a unique reading style that combines the use of contextual and graph-o-phonics cues.
- Systematic phonics
- teaching is instructor-directed based on an analysis of the skills required and their sequence
- Instruction includes specific corrective feedback - errors, and continuous evaluation of progress.
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Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that explicit phonics is the most effective for all students.
Many current programs labeled “systematic” …“integrated language arts, in fact, use implicit phonics.
parents and educators need!
- Research has shown beyond doubt that fluent, accurate decoding is a hallmark of skilled reading.
- The ability to sound out new words accounts for about 80 percent of the difference in first-grade reading comprehension, and continues to be a major factor as students progress through the grades.
- The core activity in systematic, explicit decoding instruction is blending single sounds into words.
- Systematic programs begin with a limited set of sound-symbol correspondences, a few consonants and one or two vowels - so that words can be built right away.
- Once an association between sound and letter(s) is taught, children need cumulative practice building words with letters they know.
- Decodable books are used that are aligned with the sound-symbol association taught in the lesson.
Systematic Explicit Phonics
Explicit phonics builds up from part to whole; implicit phonic breaks down from whole to part.
- Systematic, explicit instruction leaves little to chance and thus ensures the success of most children
- The phonic elements are taught in a logical order, simple to complex, informed by the structure of language itself
- Predictable sound-symbol patterns of language are taught before the less common ones;
- The sound-symbol units are then read and spelled in words:
- those words in turn, are formed into sentences
- and the sentences, in turn, are placed into simple stories.
Profile of a Systematic Explicit Phonetic Program
Animated Letter Personalities each with a Habit that teaches its Tunes
Child centered learning
- Conversion of a literacy program with a 98% success rate that evolved over 30 years
of working with the most challenged of learners. Testimonial by Dr. McIntosh
- Engineered and developed in-house in tandem with in-class real time teaching
Testimonial by Dr. McIntosh, University of Victoria
Designed for children!
...phonics is grind for kids. But kids thought it (ALPHabiTunes) was great … They LOVED it!!
To be used by children!
To teach children the Alphabetic Principle!
(Cameron – Researcher)
A Total Quality Management approach to learning – that meets the needs of the learners
One of the enduring difficulties about technology and education, according to Dr. Wiske,
co-directory of the Educational Technology Center at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education, is that a lot of people think about the technology first and education later.
ALPHabiTunes’ carefully crafted stories form
span the gap between adults and children so learning “makes sense”
create the environments that enable the letters to communicate directly with the child
convert the child’s life experiences into life-long literacy skills
uses body language to mime spoken language
establish the metaphor that enables children to project their own behaviour patterns onto letters.
ALPHabiTunes’ carefully crafted stories create focus
locks learning into a format that children know, understand and like
holds students’ interest
keeps children engaged - no focus no learning
makes learning visual - less talk more action.
ALPHabiTunes’ carefully crafted stories format the brain
sets the stage for animation and interactivity that engage all the learning modalities
replaces extensive drill for skill practice and rote memory with patterns of logic
changes abstract rules of phonics into patterns of behaviour that are logical and predictable
transforms letters from abstract graphemes into sound graphics that mirror their sounds
formats the children’s brains to deploy an analytical critical approach to literacy skills
provides scaffolding for reconstruction of faded or forgotten learning.