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The Programme

Level A and B (In Teacher’s Manual)

Level A introduces the foundation skills involved in LITERACY. It is

these skills which many "failing" students have not developed and

consequently further skills are not learned due to an incomplete or

poor foundation. The program covers the auditory, visual and

memory skills required for early reading and writing. The manual includes a 10-

week programme and all the resources to reach Level A, but the teachers can

use aspects of this level with target groups of students.

This level also contains a handwriting programme which will support children to

develop fluent handwriting and help to eliminate reversals of letters. This is the "Ant

Story". Teachers have reported that it "works like magic" in the avoidance and

correction of reversal problems.

Level B introduces the sound, name, symbol relationship. This is sequenced in a

very specific order based on speech and hearing development and the way

letters are constructed.

The programme contains constant review of work already studied (hence the

programme should be followed in order). It builds the child's knowledge of single

letters, their placements in words and the written form. It is based on a 3-day

learning cycle for each letter with activities and ideas.

Then follows:

Level C - Z.

These levels work with a carefully sequenced, developmental set of words,

working with the words within the context of language.

Words/knowledge/strategies are introduced through a 4-day cycle. The same

structure is used throughout all levels in such a way the students readily learn and

follow routines.

Organization of the programme - level C to Z

From level C up the programme runs like a guided reading programme for 20 mins

(at least 4 days per week). The children are grouped by spelling ability and then

taught for one lesson per week. The other 3 days the group works collaboratively

on the day 2, 3 and 4 activities in the workbooks.

Day 1: teaching sessions.

The group studies the new word list and:

Identifies the spelling pattern

Explores the meanings of the words

Studies the words morphology, verb families, comparatives, synonyms etc.

Day 2: the group works collaboratively on the "Day 2" activity from the

workbooks. This sheet explores the meanings of the words in the text 

Day 3: the group works collaboratively on the "Day 2" activity which focuses

on word study. This includes exploring verb groupings, superlatives,

comparatives, opposites, homonyms and homophones, morphemic grouping

with suffixes and prefixes. This supports children to develop the understanding

of how words are formed and in turn how meanings are changed.

Day 4: is "tournament day" where all the newly learned skills are put into

practice using the day-4 activity in the workbooks. Alternatively, there are

ideas for "tournament day" in the level books.

Group   Day   1   Day   2   Day   3   Day4   Day   5   Day   6   Day   7   Day   8   Day   9   Day   10   etc   1   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   etc   2       Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   etc   3           Day   1     Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   etc   4               Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   Day 4   Activity   Day   1   Activity   Day 2     Activity   Day 3   Activity   etc