How can I help my child?
Where is Letterland?
Letterland is everywhere where there are letters and words. Letterland can be in the supermarket, on the bus, at the zoo, in a classroom and of course...in books! Children are not confused by this logic, as the idea of Letterland sprung out of children's imaginations. The concept that the Letterlanders are present in all words is reassuring to children as the characters provide the tools they need to help them spell words.
The key principle of Letterland is based on phonic principles, on the sounds that letters make in words, rather than their alphabet names. For example ‘k' rather than ‘kay'. In Letterland Kicking King represents this letter and he helps children remember the ‘k' sound by simply starting to say his name.
Two and three year olds
Letterland can be used with children as young as two or three. As long as the emphasis remains on having fun they will start to absorb the information naturally. The Letterland ABC book is a good place to start. Your child will have playful hours of fun looking for the hidden objects in each page that begin with the character's sound. For example, on Golden Girl's page there is a goat, grapes, gate, geese, green house and lots more. There is also a short narrative about the character, using lots of words beginning with her sound. Another title we recommend for this age group is Alphabet Adventures, a fascinating alliterative picture book where young learners can discover each Letterlander in the colourful scenes. The Board books are four robust little hardback books for little hands and these are complimented by the ABC Board book for little finders.
Additionally the First Alphabet Frieze provides a fun method of introducing the alphabet and Letterland characters to pre-schoolers.
There is a home range of resources that was specially designed with nursery-aged children in mind. Please take a look at the Catalogue section of the website.
Take a close look at the Letterland ABC Book. This book has become a classic with over a million copies sold and has helped to give countless children a firm foundation for reading. Your child may enjoy finger tracing the letters by 'stroking' the nice big letters on each page with his/her forefinger.
The Alphabet Songs CD has a special song for each letter to make sure your child learns the correct letter sounds in a fun way and the Handwriting Songs CD provides a cheerful way for a child to correctly form all the letters.
The Action Songs CD is designed for younger children as iit has a song for each letter including actions to play along with. Bubbly music and alphabet fun! You may also like to have a look at the first stage of the Vowel Readers. There are 5 carefully sequenced books for parents to read to their child.
Using Letterland at home as a support to your school age child will help reinforce the school's literacy teaching.
When children begin school teaching will soon turn to blending sounds. For example blending two consonants such as bl, pr or dr. Later they will move onto blending sounds where one or more letters change their sound e.g. ‘ch'. In Letterland there are stories (called phonic fables) to explain these changes in sounds, where as traditional systems simply explain the changes as dry rules.
Take the Letterland ‘ch' story as an example. The following story is used to explain why ‘c' and ‘h' make a different sound in words like church and chew.
"Clever Cat and Harry the Hairy Hat Man"
Clever Cat belongs to Hairy Hat Man. He looks after her well and she loves him. But she has one problem. As soon as she finds herself next to him in a word, his hairy hat makes her nose tickle. So whenever they come together in a word, all you can hear is her sneeze, ‘ch'...
Children love these stories and even want to re-enact them at home! The Letterland Parent's Guide includes a selection of the Letterland stories so that you can learn these ‘phonic fables' together.
As well as the Letterland At Home Readers there are the Activity Books which are a fun and educational way of helping your child develop their reading, writing and spelling skills. By practising these skills at home your child will build confidence, helping to develop a ‘can do' attitude to learning.
Support your child at home with Letterland
Letterland has a wide range of materials to help you support your child's learning. The best place to start is the Letterland Parent's Guide and then to take a look at Letterland's support materials and recommended support activities
Other products in the range include: computer software, picture books, storybooks, reading books, activity books, sticker books, puzzles, games, DVD's, audio, and wall friezes.
Please take a look at the catalogue section of this site to find out more about these products.
Encourage your child's learning with activities centred on using Letterland. For example:
Read to your child.
Sing the Letterland Alphabet Songs, Action Songs and Handwriting Songs together.
Learn the ‘Handwriting Songs' and help your child with correct letter formation.
Play act and re-tell the Letterland phonic fables together. Make props of the characters (i.e. Harry Hat Man's Green Hairy Hat!) to dress up in.
Create arts and crafts together (i.e. collages of the characters in different textured fabrics and finger trace over the letter shape).
Talk about the Letterlanders, linking them to daily life. Discover for example that Clever Cat loves curry, carrots, cabbage and cakes, etc. (any food that begins with her sound).
Play the Letterland games and puzzles together. 'Picture code' black & white letter shapes.