The Orange Level is 'Phase 1' and the focus is on oral language and phonemic awareness.
Phonemic awareness is an essential skill, as children cannot learn to use phonics without it; it is vital that we quickly ascertain which children have come to school without brains 'wired' for reading and spelling. The earlier we know the sooner we can overcome phonemic awareness deficits. As you can see below, from the 'Facebook live' session led by Kylie, one of our Aussie trainers, the phonemic awareness development is monitored from week 1
Children start moving into the Green Code Level around the end of the first week of their Foundation Year. During this week we are teaching the children how to use 'Duck Hands' to blend speech sounds, and to show us that they can hear the speech sounds in words. They make their own puppets, and listen to 'The Story of the Magic Ant'.
They start drawing 'speech sounds, lines and numbers' to organise where the 'picture of the speech sounds' will sit - how we 'talk on paper'.
The children will become confident using the first 6 speech sound monsters, and use these as 'manipulatives' to move 'phonetic symbols for kids' around, to 'follow the sounds to say the words and also to spell words.
Their names are Code Mapped and Monster Mapped. This is vital, because the graphemes in their names may not be introduced for some time!
Towards the end of the week they start to think about taking 'pictures' with their magic speech sound cameras - what might the pictures look like? Even from the early stages, they understand that the sound pics depend on the word.
They start forming letters and numbers using fun phrases and videos.
From the beginning they understand that the Code was created because of the way they Speech Sound King pronounces words, which may be different to how they say the words!
We help you organise parent workshops so that they understand the approach, and how to best help at home! Lara 'Duck Hands' at home in her PJs:-)
Because children see their names Code Mapped and Monster Mapped they understand that letters represent speech sounds, and the mapping of graphemes (Sound Pics) in their names - even before starting to learn 'phonics'. The first representation for the last phoneme in Jayce's name could confuse him without this system. They /ay/ could confuse him - as many children start school already knowing letter names.
Spencer has two different 'sound pictures' for the speech sound /s/ in his name. The Speech Sound Monster is with both - showing that the sound is the same, just not the picture of the sound. The grapheme at the end of his name represents the schwa sound. Each Speech Sound Monster is a 'phonetic symbol for kids' - they have their own English speech sound, and store all of their sound pics in their own Spelling Cloud.. It is a system that even very young children understand straight away.
Free Monster Sounds app
Training is just the first part of the learning journey for educators! We support you every step of the way, using a variety of platforms.
During this facebook live session Kylie shows teachers the ongoing phonemic awareness tracker.
Why we use Speech Sound Monsters.
In part because children will have questions about the code not yet taught, from day 1. Graphemes in their name, for example. Monsters (like phonetic symbols) make life easier! We can introduce concepts early, alongside explicit teaching of the 4 Code Levels. Children then get what THEY need as individuals, at the time when they need it.
Children can start in pre-school as it's fun, multisensory and helps with speech and language skills!
Children who have been through the preschool program are now creating lessons for other children!
A very old clip! But might be useful:-)
We have our own Speech Sound King and puppets now, whoohoo!