The reading readiness program our district uses is called Animated Literacy. In the Animated-Literacy program the sounds are taught in association with 45 Animated-Alphabet Characters. Each character has a story and song that the children enjoy hearing and singing. After meeting each alphabet character, students learn to perform a specific gesture when producing the character’s sound. Included are the 19 consonants (b, c, d, etc.), 5 consonant digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh, & ng), 17 vowel sounds (5 short vowels, 5 long vowels, 3 “r” controlled vowels, the 2 sounds of “oo” as in “tooth” and “book,” the sound of “ou” as in “house,” and the sound of “oy” as in “boy”). For each sound your child learns, his or she will be bringing home a page introducing the character, song, and gesture that is taught with that particular sound and letter(s).
I hope this gives you an idea of what your child is talking about when he or she comes home and tells you about the characters, songs, and silly motions they are doing while learning to read. We will be meeting two new characters and learning two new sounds each week. The letters/sounds and characters are not introduced in alphabetical order. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to call.