Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling to children. The Letterland characters transform letters into child-friendly pictograms that all live in an imaginary place called Letterland.
Simple stories about the Letterland characters, explain the full range of dry phonics facts so that children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn. These stories explain letter sounds & shapes, allowing children to progress quickly to word building, reading and writing.
The Steps to learning are:
Once you have met the friendly Letterland characters, just start to say their names for the correct letter sound.
2. Letter shapes
Simple stories about the Letterland characters ensure correct letter formation, avoiding confusion over similar looking letters.
Actions for the alphabet are linked to each character, forging a strong connection between the action, letter shape and sound.
Blending & segmenting all through words is introduced very early on, covering blends, digraphs and trigraphs.
Phonics stories give children a friendly logic for remembering all 44 letter sounds and their major spellings.
Letterland activates every learning channel through music, actions, movement, song, art, craft, games and role-play.
In accordance witht the curriciulum we are working with goals here regarding reading and writing, verbal communication as well as preparing them for the future. These are all important motivators for teaching the children about the subjects that Letterland does.
We will be using the materials available to us in the preschool as we all as making our own activites and mixing Letterland with other work we do regarding language. We will also be complimenting this program with other work because we want the children to work on their Swedish too. Every month or so we will introduce a new letter to work with and incorporate that letter in our every day work. We will also be working on spelling as well as rhymes.
Letterland box/materials from the preschool
Letterland on YouTube (see here: https://www.youtube.com/user/LetterlandMedia/videos )
Letterland on Spotify (see here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/74cZN38bsWxi9kbZCfkZNQ?autoplay=true )
Letterland Activity Bank:http://files.letterland.com/pdf/covid-19/Letterland_Activity-Bank.pdf
Teacher-planned activities based on the children's interests
Books in both Swedish and English and adding a Swedish alphabet
Bokstavshissen (see here: https://urplay.se/program/207696-bokstavshissen-x )
Radioapans alfabet (see here: https://sverigesradio.se/radioapansalfabet )
Resources from the Letterland website (see here:https://www.letterland.com/downloads-and-free-resources )
We encourage you to work with these things at home as well and especially to read for your child. Research has shown that children who are read to and who have a lot of conversations at home develop a bigger vocabulary than those who do no so we would really encourage this.