We had a terrific turnout at the recent Letterland information morning , where Helen Kirkland explained in greater detail how the Letterland program supports literacy and taught us more about phonological awareness and its importance in building firm foundations for future literacy development. Research indicates sound phonological awareness is a stronger predicator in gauging future reading success.
Phonological awareness is the ability to manipulate sounds in words through use of syllables, rhyme and deleting a single sound in a word eg. say tin without the /t/. Along with learning more about Letterland and the characters attached to each sound, Helen also had time to talk about some of the other stories used in Letterland to explain the sound attached to /sh/ and /ch/.
We had time for several questions and as always we are very appreciative of the wonderful support from our families and for information sessions such as these.
by Helen Kirkland
ELC and Girls’ Junior School Learning Enhancement Coordinator