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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.
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
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.