We believe that full literacy skills are achieved most effectively and efficiently by first knowing the sounds we speak. Those sounds are written down by using different letters from the alphabet. The alphabet letter names, in most cases, are different from the sounds we speak. This fact can cause a lot of confusion in the mind of a new learner. It is far better for a learner first to know the sounds we speak then learn the alphabet. The alphabet is made up from many of the sounds we speak
Thought of the week
The first rule of teaching: Cause the student to learn. The first rule of learning: Find an informed and good teacher.
Stages of Learning
1Sounds Come FirstWe communicate with sounds every day. A baby’s first cry is a cry for communication with its mother. Those sounds will eventually form into words. We can communicate without being literate, but being fully literate gives us the ability to experience all that life has to offer. Our language is based on the sounds we speak. It is also a sight language by the fact that we read the written words. To be fully literate we must master the sounds we speak before we learn to read and write those sounds.
2Phonograms Follow The SoundsPhonograms or written sounds are arranged into three families: Primary Phonograms Secondary Phonograms Tertiary Phonograms
3Sounds Are The Key To Full LiteracyKnowing all the sounds we speak opens up our language to us. All words have individual sounds within them. When we know all the individual or separate sounds we can easily spell or sound out every word we speak.
Our method is a better choice for the learner
Gaining full literacy is an investment in your future
The benefits of full literacy skills are usually not appreciated until later in life. Being able to educate oneself through ongoing reading and study is a major asset in one's life
When we have gained full literacy skills we are easily able to help those who may be having difficulties with our language