Literacy Support for your Child

A specifically designed program following your child’s development from preschool/kindergarten years to BIG school   The EDSpecially4U abc 4 me literacy program and resources offer your child an individualised teaching program which follows current research and best practice teaching techniques. Our program is designed and taught by an experienced early childhood, primary school, special education trained…

Phonological Awareness 3: Phonemes

Phonemic awareness is important because there is a high correlation between a student’s level of phonemic awareness and success in beginning reading. (Ehri & Nunes, 2002) This is our third blog in the series of blogs about phonological awareness.  The first 2 topics covered rhyme/rhythm and syllabification. Continuing to walk up the rungs of our ‘ladder…

Phonological Awareness 2: Sounds of Syllables

The ability to recognize that words are made up of discrete sounds and that these sounds can be changed is essential to success in learning to read (Lundberg, Frost, & Petersen, 1988; Hoffman, Cunningham, Cunningham, & Yopp, 1998)

This article is second in our series of articles on Phonological Awareness.  We discuss the important reading skill of syllabification (breaking words into syllables) and details some strategies we implement to teach this skill and  you may like to try at home
Read our first post about phonological awareness: rhyme time – HERE

Phonics 4U – Introduction to Phonics ED Specially 4U

For a decade the ED Specially 4U literacy programs have taught hundreds of children how to read or started them on their road to literacy.  We are immensely proud of the unique program that has been developed based on over 20 years of classroom instruction.

What is phonics?  Quite simply, it is the relationship between the letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes). Much research has documented the importance of phonics instruction.  It is essential to learn the sounds from the very beginning of instruction.  In our program we start from the age of 2; introducing the sounds to our students – we start with phonological awareness.  Please refer to our other literacy blogs related to this topic.  To read more about our phonemic awareness programs read here
EDSpecially4U has developed a program using resources that are bright, colourful and motivating.  We have created a bespoke range of resources to reinforce this learning.
Our students love learning their letters with motivating and ‘hands on’ learning resources.  Now the resources are available for you to use in preschools, schools, tutor and homeschool programs

Phonological Awareness 1: Rhyme Time

When I speak with parents about our program, I often discuss Phonological Awareness. This is important in our program as it is such an important part of learning to read:
“The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade is the inability to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units (phonemic awareness)  Lyon, (1995) Toward a definition of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 40, 51-76
This series of  blogs will explain these very important and sometimes not understood early reading skills.
 

Letter Jump Phonics Game

Letter Jump is a FUN resource that we use consistently through the ED Specially 4U School Readiness program. The versatility of this game makes it a favourite in our classrooms. Students have many options for how to play the game as well as the amount of letters which are introduced in the game Even beginning…

Aim 4 3 – ED Specially 4U invites you to join

 
I passionately believe in sharing books with your child
The importance of reading with your child is clearly document.  The child who reads for 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1,800,000 words a year.  Alternately a child who reads for 5 minutes is exposed to 282,000 words per year and the child who only reads for 1 minute is exposed to 8,000 words per year
Statistics derived from Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming dyslexia. New York: Alfred A. 

 
AIM for 3, is the ED Specially4U daily challenge.
We invite you to AIM for 3 with your child too

Easter Learning Fun- with Alphabet FREEBIE

Easter time is approaching quickly!

Now we are heading toward the school holidays this is a great time to try some FUN learning activities with your child.

Plastic Easter eggs are easily able to be purchased at the moment.  We find them such a motivating resource for children.  With their lovely colours and ability to be opened, children love using plastic eggs to play games with.  From very young toddlers to preschoolers ready for school there are lots of great games that can be created with plastic Easter eggs.

Literacy Support for your Child

A specifically designed program following your child’s development from preschool/kindergarten years to BIG school   The EDSpecially4U abc 4 me literacy program and resources offer your child an individualised teaching program which follows current research and best practice teaching techniques. Our program is designed and taught by an experienced early childhood, primary school, special education trained…