1. Teachers and aides need to reinforce phonemic awareness and decoding at every opportunity (teachable moment) throughout the day - based on the children's MP skill levels. An example of a lesson that I would do is with the words "no" and "know". It is important to use this type of application whenever appropriate . This is a great way to teach a principle and its application to other words while at the same time developing new vocabulary.
Notes from Sandy
Answer: Yes, everything that is done with the children at the beginning of the program is designed to develop auditory discrimination and processing skills. The Magic Penny Program starts with the Pre-K Concept Flip Books Set. This set of 4 books and accompanying reproducible skill books, develops concepts like same/different, first/last/middle, beginning/end, colors, over/under, beginning sounds, rhyming, sound order). Teachers also can choose to use the Magic Penny FUNdations Kit - manipulatives for beginning sounds, rhyming, sorting and matching. These are the concepts that are also worked on in the Level A: Phonemic Awareness Kit that is used by both the teachers and the parents. These two sets are included on the Early Literacy Team Cart for teachers to use to reinforce the phonemic foundational skills as presented in the Level A: Phonemic Awareness Kit.
Levels B, C, and D are the beginning phonics levels where children learn the sound/letter relationship, and begin reading and writing very quickly because they have the phonemic foundation in place that empowers them to process and make sense of the oral/written language connection.
Level E: Magic Penny Reading Secrets Book One reinforces Levels A-D and introduces all of the spelling variations of the vowel sounds as well as the fact that some consonants work together to make a new sound: "sh", "ch", "th", etc. Many children complete this level in Kindergarten.
Level F: Reinforces Levels A-E and gives children guided application practice while teaching them many, many skills to aide in comprehension - vocabulary development (synonyms, antonyms, homonyms), reading and understanding graphic organizers (graphs, Venn Diagrams, outlines, webs, Cycle Diagrams, Time Lines, T-Charts, etc.), developing compositional skills (writing summaries, writing descriptive and opinion paragraphs, answering short answer questions, essay questions and book reports ), as well as how to take test successfully ( always get multiple choice question correct, correctly complete fill-in-the-blank questions and compare and contrast information in order to compose opinion/persuasive paragraphs based on connecting information given to one's experiential background. All children complete this level in Grade 1. Children are independent readers and writers when they complete this level.
"We are excited to have designed a vowel chart 11" X 17" that will help you to reinforce the vowel sounds with your children. Diane Woloszyn, from the Early Bird Center in Springville and Arcade has adapted a review of the vowel sounds to the tune of "Do You Know the Muffin Man".
Click on the image of the Chart to view the PDF Version