The Pre-School Centre Ltd
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The Pre-School Centre Ltd, 7 Station Road, Hampton Wick, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 4HG

Letterland was created in 1986, and we have been using it since 1989.  Since that time we have been thrilled and delighted with the children’s progress, and this is particularly applicable to the children that stay with us until just before they are five, (i.e. September before their fifth birthday).

On one level Letterland is simply fun, that is how the children first perceive it, but beneath the surface, almost subliminally, there is a systematic and structured course of learning, containing the following major elements:

  • Emphasis on language: listening, speaking, communicating phonic skills.
  • Whole word recognition skills.
  • Sentence awareness.
  • Reading for meaning.
  • Development of reading and spelling together.
  • Early creative writing.

The teaching vehicle in Letterland is the telling of stories.  The children are encouraged to listen carefully so that they can ask questions and speculate with us about the letters, their shapes, sounds and relationships.  We extend the children’s participation by a variety of supplemental activities, i.e. play acting, reciting rhymes, singing Letterland songs, art and crafts and by using worksheets.

The Letterland vowel characters ...

Children discover the letters sounds simply by saying the characters name.  We strengthen this discovery by showing the child how to “Picture-Code” each letter shape.  This picture coding makes it possible for them to “see” the letters sounds.  The effect is simultaneous reinforcement of both shape and sound.

Once the children have mastered the letters sound, we encourage the child to drop the character.  Our Letterland “Early Readers” provide carefully structured books that are ideal for guided and independent reading.  Because the child has learnt the individual sounds he or she can break down any unrecognizable words, thus bringing about a swifter passage to literacy.

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