We use the Better Start Literacy Approach in our Year 0 - 2 area.
The Better Start Literacy Approach is a structured approach to literacy instruction for Year 0 to Year 2 classrooms, to support children's early reading, writing and oral language success. It has been developed by the University of Canterbury specifically for our New Zealand educational and cultural context and controlled research trials have proven its effectiveness. It includes the systematic teaching of critical phonological awareness skills and letter sound knowledge skills through fun, games-based activities, activities making explicit links to the reading and spelling context, and structured small group reading sessions using the new Ready to Read - Phonics Plus early readers series. In addition, the approach includes explicit teaching in vocabulary skills and in building children's oral narrative and listening comprehension skills through quality children's story books. The Better Start Literacy Approach follows a structured phonics scope and sequence that is used in the class and small group reading teaching. You can read more about it here.
Find lots of ideas for helping your taitamaiti with reading and writing on the Ministry of Education website.
Learning to Read
Learning to correctly form all the letters of the alphabet is one of the foundation skills that tamariki learn in their first few years at school. Ask your tamariki teacher for an example of how they teach tamariki to make each letter so that you can support your tamariki to develop good handwriting skills.
Students from Year 4 - Year 8 often use Google Docs to complete their written work. They will still practice writing by hand, but will also learn some touch typing skills.
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