An extensive program focusing on those early literacy skills that we often assume our students come to school with. Skills targeted include:
* representative nature of printed words
* differentiating pictures from numbers from words from sentences
* print vocabulary: word, letter, sound, sentence
* long vs short words: a short word may not represent a short
object (eg. train)
* blending words into compound words, sounds into words
* segmenting sentences into words and words into syllables
* semantic awareness: using prior knowledge and context
* syntactic awareness: recognizing irregularities in grammar
These activities are useful as therapeutic resources and home programs but also great for classroom literacy centers. Current research points to the fact that with solid phonemic and metalinguistic awareness, comes greater likelihood of a successful literacy advantage in the younger years.
I hope this resource also proves helpful for children of higher year levels who present with language and literacy delay or those who have missed these skills when in younger grades.