Structure of the programme
This new journey to learn to read has to be different from continuing more 'failure', and when picture cues are introduced the puzzle appears to be less confusing. What is different about this scheme is that there are picture cues for everyday words that are not necessarily associated with a picture.
For example 'it' 'What' 'This' 'where' 'how' 'must' 'do' etc. The picture cues used are fun, colourful and memorable.
Each reading book has 20 new sight words, that accumulate to be 100 sight words by the time the reader reaches Book 5.
Books 7 - 12 introduce additional sight vocabulary along with simple phonic structures.
The words are first presented as A5 Discussion cards, and later as either picture or the actual word cards, that can be used to play a variety of memory and matching games. The interaction with others is a very effective mechanism for learning, not only in learning the words themselves but also in developing the competency of relating to others.
The reading books are unique offering a sequential story line that starts with Book 1 and progresses right through to Book 12. Readers are motivated to find out what happens next, so the incentive to learn more and continue reading is a key factor, not least that the reader has fun in doing so.
The sight words learned for each reading book are presented in a workbook with straightforward sentence building that only uses words the reader has learned. So the whole structure of the scheme ensures the reader has success.
They learn to read short sentences and write them too, so the physical act of copying and writing the words, along side the picture recognition really does cement their learning experience.
The reading books only contain the words that have been learned, although the topics within each reading book provide the opportunity for further discussion. The Teacher Guidelines provide more guidance.