Maureen Pollard is passionate that all children can achieve success in reading, spelling and writing. It is for this reason she has created Little Learners Love Literacy®, an explicit, multi-sensory program that works. Children love the engaging approach and teachers are very excited about the outcomes their students are achieving. Little Learners Love Literacy focuses on 'phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge' giving children the skills they need to read, spell and write with confidence. Little Learners Love Literacy is developed from evidence-based literacy research.
It is an exciting journey. Our new resources for 2013 have just arrived - Stage 5 Little Learner books, Sound Swap, 4 new Read and Grab games. it is another step forward for literacy learning and teaching. For more information, read 'Latest News' below.
Getting children off to a good start in literacy is important!
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Did you know that 25% of students going into Year 7 are not able to read fluently, which in practical terms, means they have little chance of accessing their curriculum? It is too late by Year 7 - let's change this statistic now! Let's build a strong literacy foundation in the first year of school.
Games are a very important part of learning. Watch these gorgeous children having such fun playing Milo's Read and Grab Game; practising their reading skills without even realizing it.
Milo the monkey wants to celebrate his birthday with his friends. However, Milo feels miserable because Harry the hippopotamus is too busy hiking up the hill to his house, Kylie the koala is busy practising her karate kicks and Felix the frog is flipping and flopping with four fat fish. Milo's friends are busy preparing for his surprise birthday party. What fun!
It is so easy introduce letters and sounds to young children with Milo's Birthday Surprise. Milo and his friends are the core of the Little Learners Love Literacy program. The Teacher Resource books is full of teaching ideas and strategies - Chitter Chatter Chant, art and craft, Super Spelling etc.
Spelling seems to get less attention than reading when educators discuss literacy. Spelling and reading are complementary skills and both need to be taught with the same passion. In some ways spelling is harder to teach as the alphabetic principle is very complex.
Wendy Moore from Perth WA emailed me her thoughts:
I'm a teacher specializing in supporting students with literacy and language difficulties. A colleague brought both SoundCheck books along to a networking meeting many years ago. I was smitten when I first saw them and bought them immediately. I used them with great success. SoundCheck is the only photocopied proforma that I use .... I'm very fussy about what I use with students, but I can't talk these resources up enough. I'm not normally a gusher but they are really fantastic. I can't thank you enough for creating such an invaluable resource.
Thank you Wendy for your feedback.Click here to find out more about the unique SoundCheck strategy
Milo's Sound Swap game is the next step forward in our Little Learners Love Literacy program. It features the 44 sounds of the alphabetic code. Sound Swap focuses on phonemic awareness and alphabetic knowledge.
Stage 5 Little Learner books - this group of 5 stories are quirky and fun. The phonic focus is on -ck, -ss, ll, ff endings and consonant blends. Beautifully illustrated and a huge step forward in decodable text.
What is decodable text? Text that children can read because they have been taught the alphabetic code. Reading is not about looking at pictures and guessing. How I would love to ban this strategy and replace it with 'good teaching'. It is the reason that many children struggle with learning to literacy.
Four new Read and Grab games: teaching consonant and vowel digraphs
ACER (Australian Council of Educational Research) are the distributors of Little Learners Love Literacy and SoundCheck in Australia and New Zealand. ACER have book shops at 19 Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell (Melbourne), 7/1329 Hay St West Perth, 1/165 Kelvin Grove Road, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane.