Wednesday, 13 June 2018

WEEK 7 Learning our alphabet sounds

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 keeping with PLD’s distinct integration of speech pathology, occupational therapy and education, PLD Literacy & Learning targets the three key areas facilitating academic success:

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. 

Syllable time 


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.



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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 all know that students require alphabetic knowledge in order to embark on the process of learning to read and spell. However, while most parents focus on letter naming ability it is letter sound knowledge that is more important to assist with literacy learning.
For example:
  • In order to spell the basic word ‘dog’ a student must first “sound-out” “d”, “oh”, “g” and then the student must recall and apply in correct order the alphabet symbols.
  • In order to read the word ‘dog’ a student must recognize each letter symbol and convert each symbol into the correct sound “d”, “oh”, “g” and then the student must blend the sounds together (phonemic blending ability).
This shows that neither of the above early spelling and reading processes required alphabetic letter naming.

spelling and phonetics
It is alphabetic letter sound ability that is the more difficult of the two areas for students to acquire and it is alphabetic letter sound ability that is the weaker skill for many students when embark on learning to read.

 The Diana Rigg program  helps  teach the alphabet the   multi sensory way. 
  • Students feel what their mouth is doing when they produce the letter sounds.
  • Students see what their mouths look like when their mouths produce the letter sound (through an image of the mouth on each page).
  • Students also visually connect a core picture/word with the letter sound (e.g. ‘mix’, ‘teeth’ and ‘snake’).
  • From an auditory perspective students identify the initial sound in simple target words (e.g. teeth starts with a “t”).
  • Students move and rehearse a basic action associated with each target picture (which also engages a kinaesthetic dimension.)
Therefore although knowing the visual alphabet is important to ‘name the letters’ when spelling, it doesn’t allow students to better learn to read and write.


This term we have started learning the first 6 sounds and also  the formation of the letters to help promote early recognition skills.  

So far we have looked at the sounds; 


Sssss    for snake 



a for apple



t   for tiger.    

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!