Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling to children ages 3 to 8. The Letterland characters transform plain black letter shapes into child-friendly pictograms and they all live in an imaginary place called Letterland.
Letterland is a uniquely language-rich synthetic phonics programme that meets all current recommendations for effective phonics teaching while also engaging children’s thinking skills through their imaginations.
Letterland is an established programme that has grown from small beginnings 40 years ago into a system that is popular world-wide today. There is a story behind every phonic fact in Letterland. This ensures that the children use their intelligence rather than simply having to memorise phonic fact.
Children love stories and Letterland capitalises on this by introducing the letter characters in magical story format. The phonic stories build on children’s understanding and experience of the world around them and quickly turn the characters into their friends. When the characters interact to make a new sound the children can follow logic because there’s always a reason the change.
Simple stories about the Letterland characters help explain the full range of dry phonics facts so that children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn. Furthermore, these stories explain letter sounds and shapes, allowing children to progress quickly to word building, reading, and writing.
With Letterland being under the Synthetic Phonics category, it prioritises the learning of letter sounds and skills of blending (synthesising) and segmenting those sounds in order to read and spell words
Letterland Phonics has a chronologically ordered methodology that helps students to learn effectively.
Through Letterland stories and Letterland songs, the students are introduced to the friendly Letterland characters. Starting to say their names helps them learn the correct letter sound.
The alliterative character names serve as a temporary bridging device, leading children to the letter sound by sensitising them to the alliteration in each descriptive character name (e.g. Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben, and etc.) This strategy enables children to learn the a-z shapes and sounds quickly and securely.
Simple stories about the Letterland characters ensure correct letter formation, avoiding confusion over similar looking letters such as b and d, p and q, z and s, and n and u.
Bodily movements associated to each Letterland character forges a strong connection between the action, letter shape, and sound by developing multi-sensory (kinaesthetic-auditory-oral-visual) memory cues.
Blending and segmenting all through words is introduced very early on, covering blends, digraphs, and trigraphs.
Phonics stories give children a friendly logic for remembering all 44 letter sounds and their major spellings.
Letterland is a multi-sensory scheme that utilises all learning channels. The picture mnemonics have a high visual and auditory impact. They are designed with built-in ideational and interactive links between the Aa-Zz letter shapes, their regular sounds, and also their changes in sound. There are actions for every letter, art and craft activities, songs, poems, games, role-play and othermulti-sensory activities to ensure successful learning for every child.
$240 per term of 12 sessions (Inclusive of material fees)