Everyone should be aware that the Magic Penny Early Literacy Program was designed for the most at-risk students and adapted to be used in general education classrooms for all students.
The developers of the program recommend that the Magic Penny Early Literacy Program be used as early as Pre-K in order to guide all children to develop the phonological awareness that enables the fluent decoding that facilitates reading comprehension.
The Magic Penny Early Literacy Program also provides the training materials that enable all teachers to develop a successful Parent/Teacher Partnership. Parents are taught the importance of guiding their children to develop the critical literacy skills. They are provided with all of the developmentally appropriate games and materials in order to reinforce them during their 10 minute "Magic Penny Time" every evening.
By the end of Kindergarten, when the Magic Penny Early Literacy Program is begun early, virtually all children successfully develop the critical literacy skills that make reading and writing joyful and exciting.
Adults need to understand that the names of the letters in the alphabet are NOT important. In fact, they can hinder a child in the beginning process of reading. Adults must emphasize the SOUNDS that the letters stand for.
This enables a child to see the letters as sounds FIRST. Thus, when they think of words, they will begin to see the letters that represent them. This will enable a child to write whatever they can say by "sounding out" the words as they write.
As a child’s reading and writing skills develop, he or she learns there are accepted spellings for words. Children soon will be reading and writing like MAGIC!
Important Facts to Understand
Reading begins to develop when a child understands:
- the sounds that letters represent.
- that changing the order of sounds (letters) makes different words
- words are read (decoded) left to right
- some letters represent more than one sound
- some sounds can be spelled different ways
- some letter combinations work together to make a new sound
- twins (2 of the same letters) represent one sound (you do not say the sound twice)
- homonyms are words that sound the same, but are not spelled the same