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The Seven Stages of Little Learners Love Literacy

Little Learners Love Literacy is an explicit and sequential literacy program that teaches ALL children to read, write and spell with confidence. It has been created from evidence based research. It includes phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary knowledge, fluency and comprehension.

The Little Learners Love Literacy approach is simple to teach which makes it easy for ALL children to learn to read. Our ‘secret ingredients’ are our Speed Sounds and Chants plus the important Pip and Tim books. Decodable books are such an important part of Little Learners Love Literacy.

Each stage is sequentially taught so that children can learn, apply and practise their developing skills in words and connected text. Children learn how to blend sounds together to read words from the start. They experience success immediately as they have the right tools! They engage when they experience success. Little Learners ensures children get the best possible foundation for future learning.

Once children know the first 8 letters and sounds from Stage 1, they start reading the first 5 books about Pip and Tim. It is real reading!

Pip and Tim Decodable Books Stages 1 – 7

Each book has a How to use this book section which sets out the pedagogy, Speed sounds, Heart words, comprehension and vocabulary questions to talk about.

Children love reading about the adventures of Pip and Tim. They are great stories which children LOVE to read with words they CAN read!

Little Learners Readers Available at our Online Store

Little Learners Readers – Stage 1: Books 1-5 (LL1) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 2: Books 6-10 (LL2) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 3: Books 11-15 (LL3) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 4: Books 16-20 (LL4) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 4 Plus: Books 20a-20e (LL4P) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 5: 21-25 (LL5) $39.00
Little Learners Readers – Stage 6: Books 26-30 (LL6) $42.50
Little Learners Readers – Stage 7 Unit 1: Books 31-35 (LL71) $42.50
Little Learners Readers – Stage 7 Unit 2: Books 36-40 (LL72) $42.50
Little Learners Readers – Stage 7 Unit 3: Books 41-45 (LL73) $42.50
Little Learners Readers – Stage 7 Unit 4: Books 46-50 (LL74) $45.00

 

Also see our Little Learners Love Literacy Kindergarten Pack..


Milo’s Read and Grab Word Games at our Online Store

Milo’s Read and Grab game is called the ‘thief game’ by children. If a player has a word card with matching colour and character, then they can ‘grab’ the card as they can read it. There is lots of rereading as the cards go back and forth.

The aim is to collect the matching set of five cards.  Once you have 5 cards you have a set and no one can take them. They are yours!

Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 1: Green (LLMG1)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 2: Yellow (LLMG2)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 3: Pink (LLMG3)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 4: Purple (LLMG4)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 5: Orange (LLMG5)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 6: Aqua (LLMG6)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 7: Red (LLMG7)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 8: Emerald (LLMG8)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 9: Coral (LLMG9)
Little Learners: Milo’s Read and Grab Word Game 10: Blue (LLMG10)

 

 

 

Other Little Learners Products Available at our Online Store


Little Learners: Milo’s Birthday Surprise Activity Book (LLMAB) $55.00

Milo’s Activity book for Stages 1 – 4 provides activities for handwriting, phonemic awareness, reading and spelling. There is one page for Milo and each one of his friends.  As soon as children have learnt the first 6 phonemes and graphemes they are introduced to reading words.

A Let’s Spell activity is provided for each Stage.  This unique strategy is designed to let children experience success in spelling by teaching the skill of segmenting words, or breaking words into sounds. Each activity provides a sequence of letter choices to ensure children can easily hear and identify each sound and letter.

Milo’s Activity Book introduces children to the Heart words for the Little Learner books. It also provides written activities that provide an introduction before children begin reading the Little Learner books.

The pages of Milo’s Activity book can be photocopied by the purchaser for the classroom or home.


 

Little Learners: Milo’s Sound Swap Word Game plus Word Chain Book (LLSSW) $75.00

Sound Swap has a box of 49 letter cards representing the 44 sounds of the English Alphabetic code plus a Word Chain book setting out lists of words to use.  This makes it so simple for teachers and parents. Everything is prepared.

Sound Swap focuses on manipulating sounds and letters in words and involves both spelling and reading. Children change one grapheme in a word to make a new word in the chain, for example, starting with the word cap, add a letter to make the word clap, change a letter to make clip and so on.

Sound Swap focuses on phonemic awareness and phonics teaching the 44 sounds of the English alphabetic code using 49 cards. Each card is colour coded as in the Little Learners Love Literacy ® program. Three word cards are included.

Simple to use in the classroom or at home. Teaching the skill of segmenting (phonemic awareness) for spelling and reading is critical for literacy.  Spelling needs a strong focus.


 

Little Learners Read, write and draw – Stages Plus 4, 5 and 6 (LLRRW456) $110

Read, write and draw gives teachers an invaluable resource for children to practise their literacy skills of reading, writing and comprehension independently. Moreover, it is engaging and fun for children. They love drawing – what a fun way of showing their understanding of the word, phrases or sentence focusing on the phonemes/graphemes in Stages Plus 4, 5 & 6.

There are 168 word cards packed in separate boxes, 108 cards, and 108 sentence cards – so lots of choice to provide differentiated activities for the whole class. Stage 6 has cards that focus on individual graphemes – sh, ch, th, ng.

Exploring words with multiple meanings is a vital part of developing children’s vocabulary knowledge: Miss Moss is in a traffic jam, Mum has a dab of jam on her roll.

If you are following the recommended Prep curriculum, then Term 3 begins with Stage Plus 4.  It consolidates everything that has been taught in Stages 1 – 4 and builds on teaching two letters, one sound – ll, ss, ff.  Then consonant clusters (blends) in Stage 5.  This is a must have resource for your classroom.


 

Little Learners Speed Sounds and Chants Cards

Stage 1-6 Classroom Size (LLSSC1M) $40
Stage 1-6 Classroom Display Size (LLSSC1P) $65
Stage 7 Classroom Size (LLSSC7M) $60
Stage 7 Classroom Display Size (LLSSC7P) $85

The Speed Sounds and Chants cards provide a mnemonic for the graphemes from Stages 1 to 6 (or 7). These cards include all your favourite Milo Monkey characters as well as the Pip and Tim characters for the consonants digraphs introduced from Stage Plus 4, 5 and 6 (or 7).

How to use Speed Sounds Cards:

Daily practice is key to success in learning the phonemes and graphemes of the alphabetic code. These cards are used in the both teaching and practising grapheme recognition.

Teaching Phase: Introduce the cards as set out in the Teacher Resource books

Practice Phase: Initially, cards are presented chant first to scaffold the learning. Later, once the child is confident, present the cards grapheme first, using the chant to support when needed.


 

Little Learners: Teachers Resource Book for Stages 1-4 (LLTAR1) $130.00

Milo’s Teacher Resource provides simple lesson plans and ideas to ensure your teaching is effective and targeted.

Milo’s Teacher Resource book has an Ally puppet and 2 CDs – Milo’s Music and a CD with copymasters for handwriting and art/craft activities.

Blending sounds together to read begins once the first vowel sound /a/ is introduced. Children practise this skill of blending sounds right from the beginning.

Spelling starts from the beginning with the Super Spelling strategy as explained in Milo’s Teacher Resource book. Children are actively involved in making words – reading and spelling.


 

Little Learners: Teachers Resource Book for Stages 4plus, 5 and 6 (LLTAR2)
$110.00

This resource book provides explicit teaching, application and practise activities for Stages Plus 4, 5 & 6 graphemes. It also includes a free pack of Speed sounds. Both resources are to be used in conjunction with the Tim and Pip Little Learner books.

Let’s Spell teaches segmenting and sequencing of phonemes and matching these to graphemes in words. Each Unit has a Phonemic Fun activity.

Let’s Write provides writing at the word, phrase and sentence level.

Stage Plus 4: ll ss ff plus adding s to CVC words.  A board game for each book.
Stage 5 – introduces adajacent consonants sometimes called blends – jump, snack
teach and practise ck
Stage 6 – sh ch th ng  – crossword activities


Little Learners: Teachers Activity Resource Book for Stage 7 Unit 1 (LLTAR701)
$85.00

Vowels are the complex part of the English alphabetic code. This resource book will give teachers the tools and strategies for teaching spelling and writing with success. This resource book is to be used in conjunction with the Tim and Pip Little Learner books. This Activity Resource book provides explicit teaching, application and practise activities for Stage 7 Unit 1 graphemes.

Stage 7 Unit 1: ai ay ee ea igh ie oa vowels.

Let’s Spell teaches segmenting and sequencing of phonemes and matching these to graphemes in words. Each Unit has a Phonemic Fun activity.

Let’s Write provides writing at the word, phrase and sentence level.

 


 

Little Learners: Tim’s Quiz Stages: Plus 4, 5 and 6 (LLTQ456) $75

A brand new addition to the Little Learners Love Literacy range, derived from the Stage Plus 4 book ‘The Big Wind Day!’ where Tim creates a quiz for the kids to play at the Fun Day on the big hill. This unique and simple quiz gives children practice reading short questions with decodable words from Stages Plus 4, 5 and 6 and can be played by all ages.

The questions are quirky and fun and provide an opportunity for real discussion, oral language development and repeated reading to improve fluency.

Contents include;

Plus 4 has 24 question cards focussing on the phonemes and graphemes introduced in Stages 1-4, plus words with ss, ff, ll.

Stage 5 has 24 question cards focussing on the consonant digraph ck and adjacent consonants, for example swim, clock.

Stage 6 has 120 question cards in five boxes focussing on the digraphs sh, ch, th and ng.

 


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