Hi !some valuable light reading for you all!
In Kindergarten, to help children develop important early literacy skills,we use the Diana Rigg program.
The program has been developed by a team of passionate and insightful speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educators. Leading the team is Diana Rigg, founder of PLD Literacy & Learning.
In Term One, the children began their understanding of syllabification or " hearing the beats or parts in a word".
Check out the video from Diana Rigg and why she believes this stage is first and very important for a child's phonological awareness.
The Kindy children held concrete objects to learn to say specific words, we used the Diana Rigg visuals to help the children learn to say and hear the beats in words and we also added movement to our learning by jumping the beats in hoops.
Now that the children have had exposure to or mastered syllabification, we are ready to move on to recognising, saying and hearing the alphabet sounds. Those that need a little bit more time to master this skill have the opportunity in small groups to do so before moving on. We still have to revisit concepts at this age over and over again.
NEXT WE LEARN HOW TO SAY OUR ABC SOUNDS!!!! Most children can sing the alpahbet and say the letters names e.g ABCDEFG.... but it's the sounds the letters make that we really want to focus on.
Check out this video:
Pronouncing the alphabet sounds
Article from Diana Rigg:
We little people still need lots of practice and repetition to master these sounds.
PLEASE HELP US AT HOME! If your child is doing a puzzle, writing their name or see a letter/word in a book, help them say the sound rather then the name.e.g. that is an 'a for apple'. I can see a ssss just like in your name.
Have a fantastic week everyone!