When comparing between phonics progrmmes, parents are often unsure with how to go about using it at home. We have summarized it into easy steps for a systematic way to introduce Letterland to your child. Once you get the hang of it, it isn’t as difficult as you think it to be!
- Introducing the characters
The uniqueness of Letterland is the use of these lovable characters that give a visual representation of the letter shapes and help children learn the letter sounds. This is the basic step to learning phonics and children must be familiar with all the letter sounds before learning to read. Teachers, parents and children love the characters and their stories!
2. Reinforcing letter sounds with songs
Use the songs and the actions to make learning fun and interesting for children! Your child will definitely love singing and dancing along to these catchy tunes while doing all the actions they’ve learnt in class.
3. Practice handwriting skills
Your child will need to learn how to write the letters, and what better way to do that than with these fun tactile materials! Our favourite will have to be the Phonics Touch & Trace because it has the character, story, handwriting verse and keywords all wrapped up in one handy book!
4. Learning vocabulary
Introduce more vocabulary associated with the respective letter sounds. Show the children pictures and videos for them to understand the meaning of each word – this helps with comprehension skills!
5. Blending letter sounds to read
Once your children are familiar with the letter sounds, you can start them off with blending to read! The Flip Flap Phonics is the bestselling resource for helping children to read as you can find the plain letters as well as the characters for a cueing system of which sound to use. Then, use the Phonics Reader to practice for reading fluency. Each short story has been written for children to decode the words to read easily.
This is a very simple overview of how Letterland works and to give to some insight on how teaching phonics can be done in such a fun and engaging way! See you in Letterland 👋