Leap into Literacy

Bite-sized activities with Learning MATTERS

Providing bite-sized and practical foundational literacy activities you can do with your children.

These activities are based on the Building Blocks of Reading Success, which highlight the key elements that must be taught for reading success. We encourage you to view the videos in the progressive order we have listed below. 

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#1 Phonological Awareness activities

Phonological awareness is a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language, i.e., syllables, and onsets and rimes. Phonological Awareness is away from print. 

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#2 Phonemic Awareness activities

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, perceive, isolate, and manipulate the smallest units of spoken sound.

Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness.

#3 Alphabetic Principle activities

Understanding direct letter to sound/sound to letter correspondences of spelling patterns within syllable types and irregular spelling patterns.

These are successfully learnt by teaching through a scope and sequence (a teaching order from simple to complex). This step by step teaching enables the development of an expanding sight word vocabulary for instant, effortless reading of words. This video highlights the steps you might take when introducing basic code (letters) to your novice or struggling readers and writers. 

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#4 Letter Formation and Handwriting

Teaching our children to correctly form their letters both supports their sound/symbol to letter correspondences and also enables them to write freely and with relative speed. This video highlights the importance of teaching handwriting as well as showing you ways to do this to build memory for movement and memory for sound to symbol associations. 

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#5 Spelling Rules explained

Research indicates that children will make the greatest progress in literacy when they are explicitly taught how our language system works. Teaching spelling rules from simple to complex in a structured manner has been identified as the most effective way to build foundation literacy skills. This video looks at the most common spelling rules and patterns that you may wish to support the learning of at home. 

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#6 Irregular Words

In this video we explain what irregular words are and how we learn them.

Irregular words are words used in the English language that do not follow sound to symbol association.

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#7 Syllable Types

Teaching syllable types enables children to understand how words work. This is also prerequisite knowledge for syllable division which enables reading and spelling. In this video we will build your understanding of the seven syllable types. 

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#9 Word Level Reading Fluency activities

Reading fluency is the ability to read words in a connected text with accuracy, appropriate speed, phrasing, and expression. 

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#10 Decodables vs Levelled text

It this activity we look at the differences between a decodable and a levelled text, and provide practical advice on how to use decodable texts.

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#11 Decodable Texts

In this video we provide an example of reading with a decodable text and how children should be able to apply previously taught sound to letter correspondences, spelling rules and syllables types.

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#12 Supporting Older Struggling Readers

In this activity we provide practical activities and advice to support your older struggling reader.

We look at word level reading and highlight older catch-up decodable texts.

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