Targeted Skills Sets and Activities
The purpose of the program is to provide practice opportunities and build skills in the following areas:
"phonology, phonemic awareness, reading and spelling, semantics, sentence processing and using language" (from www.elr.com.au accessed on 9/26/2008)
The activities are arranged in a series of folders and directories, grouped according to level of difficulty, skill area and therapy focus. For example, there are activity folders for building phonological awareness in students by asking them to choose from two pictures to indicate which is a match for the word shown below. The words in this activity are grouped in pairs according to beginning sounds (phonemes).
There are thousands of separate activities, providing ample content for skill building over an extended period of time. As a teacher, it can be a little daunting to begin with, but stick with it and ensure you take careful notes of which aspects of the program work best for each student, and keep records of which tasks have been completed.
From a reading and language point of view, try combining it with some work on sight vocabulary (Such as the Magic 100 Words or M100W) and word lists taken from samples of student writing. These can be used to enhance recognition of words that are not easily decoded phonetically. It is a kids language program which would also combine well with the Oxford Sight Vocabulary lists, also available online.