Literacy Boost® Structured Literacy
Based on the science of reading - we know that STRUCTURED LITERACY is the most effective way to teach children to read and spell.
Literacy Boost® is our highly structured literacy programme. In simple words, Structured Literacy instruction is the umbrella term used to encompass evidence-based programs and approaches that are aligned to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS; Cowen, 2016) of effectively teaching children to read and spell proficiently. Structured literacy is designed to improve ALL students' achievement in literacy.
All of our speech therapists are Sounds~Write™ trained. Sounds~Write™ is a gold standard evidence-based programme to support foundation and beginning literacy instruction. It is also an effective intervention programme at ANY age for children that are struggling with reading, writing and spelling. Sounds~Write™ is a multi-sensory, and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. It teaches all key elements of conceptual understanding, factual knowledge, and the three essential skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation necessary for learning to read and spell.
Why choose Literacy Boost®?
Literacy Boost® uses the Sounds~Write™ programme. Sounds~Write™ is a gold standard first phonics programme and is one of the finest systems of literacy tuition in the English language. It has been designed to provide professionals with a comprehensive system with which to teach reading, spelling and writing. Sounds-Write is an ideal programme to teach ALL children literacy but it also serves as a very successfully remedial or catch-up programme.
Literacy Boost® uses a clearly defined scope and sequence. The programme is systematic and follows a carefully planned structure which introduces the 44 sounds of English and their corresponding letters in a clear logical sequence. Students learn how to build up and break apart words using their phonological awareness and letter-sound knowledge.
Progress is constantly monitored and assessed to adjust pacing, presentation, and amount of practice given before introducing new information.
Students are directly taught the information and skills to be learned, using clear language. The teaching scripts minimise the cognitive load for students, helping them to focus more attention on the new knowledge or skill they’re being taught
Literacy Boost® intervention builds on students’ previous learning to ensure progress. The programme intentionally moves from teaching simple to more complex content. Phonological awareness is built into every session.
Sound to print.
Literacy Boost® is well founded on the principle that we teach reading by starting with what all children learn naturally—the sounds of their own language. We are establishing the link between the sounds (phonemes) the child has learned already, and the visual signs (graphemes) that represent them.
Learners are highly engaged in hearing the sounds, seeing the symbols, saying the sounds, and writing the symbols in every lesson. This is a core component of the multimodal approach to optimise learning
"If a child memorizes ten words, the child can read only ten words, but if a child learns the sounds of ten letters, the child will be able to read 350 three sound words, 4320 four sound words and 21,650 five sound words" (Dr Martin Kozloff, 2002)
Reading is all about learning special codes and it’s not easy! Did you know that there are 44 sounds in the spoken English language from only 26 letters? Some sounds are represented by one letter, two letters or even three letters. These codes are not easy to learn but once a child knows all the sounds, they are ready to ‘decode.’ To decode is to read. Sounds~Write™ structured literacy demonstrates conclusively that with high quality training, from a trained teaching practitioners, virtually all children can learn to read and spell.