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Signing With Babies And Children: Toddlers learning phonics - the easy way!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Toddlers learning phonics - the easy way!

“Multisensory Learning” is the buzzword in schools and Nurseries. Research has proven beyond doubt that if we want an efficient Learning environment for our children we HAVE TO involve auditory, visual and kinaesthetic stimuli.

I have conducted a pilot study with 12 children aged 2 years to 3.5 years to see how they respond to being taught phonics through BSL fingerspelling. It was a 6 week course, each session was 1/2 hour.
Focussing on just 7 letters, the course used games, songs and activities to reinforced the graphic, the sound and the fingerspelling (AVK)

The results have amazed the mums and myself!
After the course, out of 9 assessments I received back, the toddlers

  • knew all the 7 letters
  • could fingerspell most of them.
  • 5 children knew more than 10 letters
  • They all developed an enormous interest in the letters and their sounds around them
  • 4 children started to blend the sounds together and were able to read simple 3 letter words.

None of the currently used Phonics methods can claim to be AVK, AND a systematic spelling system AND inclusive of children who are already using BSL to communicate.

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