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. Children start reading once they know the first 8 letters of the program. The emphasis is on 'decoding' - sounding-out and a few 'heart words' - high frequency words they need to know by heart as they cannot decode them at this stage. Little Learners Love Literacy teaches the skills of reading and actively discourages children to look at the picture and 'guess'.We are frustrated that most primary schools are setting children up to fail by teaching them to 'guess' at words. Reading and spelling need to be explicitly taught in a fun and engaging way. Little Learners Love Literacy ensures that ALL children learn to read, spell and write with confidence.
Getting children off to a good start in literacy is important!
ACER has organized a free session ( 9.30 - 1.00 pm) on Wednesday 19th March 2014 for educators and parents to find out how to use Little Learners Love Literacy resources to ensure ALL children learn to read, write and spell confidently. This workshops will demonstrate how:
Chitter Chatter Chant & Speed Sounds videos - both activities are a vital part of Little Learners Love Literacy. Chitter Chatter Chant scaffolds the children's learning of sounds by saying the character name followed by the sound twice, for example, Milo monkey /m/ /m/, however, it is important that this is immediately followed by Speed Sounds which aims at building sound fluency, and saying the sound once.
The correct pronuncation is important. Fiona says the 'pure' sound without any distortion.
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.
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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
Our Little Learner books are carefully sequenced so that children can read them with confidence. There are NO tricks! We have introduced 'classroom and school' packs to make it easy to have our books in every classroom. Teaching reading is one of the most important responsibility of each teacher and school. Either order online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.
View children playing Milo's Read and Grab.
ACER (Australian Council of Educational Research) is the distributor of Little Learners Love Literacy and SoundCheck books in both Australia and New Zealand.
You can visit their bookshops in Melbourne - 19 Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell, Perth - 7/1329 Hay St West Perth, Brisbane - 1/165 Kelvin Grove Road, Kelvin Grove.