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Grade One

The focus at Grade One is on word families, digraphs, prefixes, suffixes, and fluency. The multi-sensory approach to learning is continued and students are encouraged to learn special tricks to improve fluency and ensure mastery of many more digraphs and trigraphs.

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All 44 Sounds

Covers all the major grapheme-phoneme correspondences starting with the s a t p i n teaching order. ¹

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Blending and Segmenting

Blending from left to right all through the word starts after the first four lessons and continues throughout.

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Decodable Reading Support

Decodable word, sentence and reading practice to go with each new sound and spelling taught.

Engaging and Multi-Sensory

Engaging stories and unique teaching strategies motivate children to read, write and spell confidently.

Built-in Assessment

Assessment strand built in with basic progress checks and in-depth assessments to monitor your class.

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"Children who received the explicit instruction with...[Letterland] learned almost twice as many letter sounds."

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Teaching Scope

  • Word Families: ad, am, ell, et, ick, etc.
  • Consonant Blends: sk, gr, bl, -nd, -st, etc.
  • Silent Magic e: a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e.
  • Soft c and Soft g.
  • Long Vowel Teams: ai, ay, ee, igh, etc.
  • r-controlled Vowels: ar, er, ir, or, ore, oor, etc.
  • Diphthongs and oo: ou, ow, oi, oy.
  • Contractions/apostrophes.
  • Prefixes and Suffixes: re-, un-, -ed, -ing, -ful, ly.
  • Comparative Endings: er, est.

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Here is a list of key resources that you will need to start teaching Letterland Grade One at school.

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