These 3 hour literacy workshops are held at SPELD SA or can be delivered at your school.

 All workshops centre around how to use the School Start Buddy and School Start Spelling Case in the classroom or at home.

Literacy workshops currently on offer:

  • A hands-on approach to teaching spelling rules

  • A hands-on approach to the Jolly Phonics Program

  • A hands-on approach to the Jolly Grammar One Program

  • The right start to foundational literacy skills

 The benefits of each workshop, at a glance:

√  Receive practical lesson ideas

√  Learn a hands-on approach to teaching literacy skills

√  Enjoy new and innovative lessons

√  Discover lessons that engage all children, no matter what their literacy level

√  Engage in a fresh approach to learning

Workshop 1: A hands-on approach to teaching spelling rules

Saturday 3 March, 2018

 

Who is this workshop for?

While this workshop is mainly aimed at Primary School Teachers, anyone can attend: parents who want to support their own child/children with spelling, tutors, high school teachers, school support staff and undergraduate teachers.

Do I need the School Start Spelling Case to attend the workshop?

No. I provide a case for you to use during the workshop. Teachers, if you wish to run the program in your classroom, you have the opportunity to receive discounted prices on a class set of School Start Spelling Cases.

What will I learn in this workshop?

This is a new and exciting program that explains how to teach spelling rules to children using the School Start Spelling case as an aid. The program explains over 35 essential and common spelling rules, with easy-to-follow lessons.

The lessons involve every child using their own School Start Spelling Case while listening to, and following your instructions to learn specific spelling rules. This can be followed up with worksheets that help to further develop your students’ understanding, as well as to help assess their understanding of the rule/s taught.

Why should I choose this program and workshop?

√ Complements your current spelling program

This program can work perfectly with any spelling program your school currently uses.

√ Hands-on approach

The program provides a hands-on way to improve students’ spelling strategies, helping them understand words better.

√ Easy and time efficient to use

In the past, using magnetic letters has been a time consuming process. The School Start Spelling Case has all the magnetic letters clearly displayed on one whiteboard, making it easy and quick to find the letters.

√ Increase participation and understanding

Since each child is following teacher instructions with their own case, they are ALL participating and completing the activities together. This allows you to monitor and offer scaffolding when needed, while also making sure every child is listening and learning. It’s a ‘zone-out-FREE-zone’!

√ Innovative strategies

When a child is struggling with spelling, they tend to rely only on hearing the sounds in words. This program provides a huge range of strategies to help children spell words correctly.

√ Literacy lessons that require less preparation and planning

As you’ll see, implementing spelling strategies in the classroom will be easy! Simply start at the beginning of the program and work your way through each of the rules until your students have developed their spelling strategies.

All the resources are inside the case so you don’t have to prepare anything for the lesson. Each child just opens up their very own case while you follow the lesson outline from the program. You then have the option of using ‘follow-up’ worksheets to assess your students’ understanding of the rules you’ve taught.

√ Anyone can use the program

You don’t have to be a teacher to use this program. If you’re a School Support Officer, you can work with a small group of children who need extra help with spelling. If you’re a parent, you can support your child or children with spelling while enjoying quality time with them.

√ Take your lesson outside

Since the case won’t blow away in the wind, you can find a nice shady tree and combine learning to spell with enjoying the outdoors.

√ Promotes discussion and discovery about words

Children are encouraged to discuss their learning with their peers and work together, even though they are using their own School Start Spelling Case. This collaboration promotes a higher level of learning and a greater interest and understanding of words.

√ Develop good listening skills

Each lesson involves the children listening to and following your instructions while using their own School Start Spelling Case. Because of this, children will quickly develop good listening skills, which is another important learning area you are catering for.

 

Workshop details

Location: SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, Adelaide, South Australia

Date: Saturday 3 March, 2018

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Bookings are to be made with SPELD SA

Phone: 08 8431 1655

Email: info@speld-sa.org.au

Workshop 2: A ‘hands-on’ approach to the Jolly Phonics Program

Saturday 3rd February, 2018


Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for teachers who use the Jolly Phonics Program in their classroom, or who would like to know more about the Jolly Phonics program.

Do I need the School Start Buddy to attend the workshop?

No. I provide a case to use during the workshop. However if you choose to use the School Start Buddy in your classroom, you will have the option to purchase a class set at a discounted price.

What does this workshop teach me?

This workshop teaches you how to use the School Start Buddy to teach the Jolly Phonics program in a fun, hands-on way.

Each child in your classroom can use their very own School Start Buddy case to learn:

  • The Jolly Phonics sounds
  • Letter formation
  • Blending skills
  • Identifying sounds in words so they can write phonetically regular words
  • Memorising the correct spelling of tricky words
  • Letter names and alphabet skills
  • Basic spelling rules
  • Alternate letter patterns and sounds

You will also learn how to assess children’s progress with these skills and how you can cater for the different needs within your classroom.

Why should I choose this program and workshop?

√ Makes your life MUCH easier!

As you know, the Jolly Phonics program is detailed and packed for the first term. At the workshop you’ll receive lots of practical activities that can be used for the entire first year.

Using the ‘Suggested Timetable’ from the Jolly Phonics program, you’ll receive activities that utilise the School Start Buddy to teach the Jolly Phonics concepts. You can use the School Start Buddy to teach such things as digraphs, sentence structure, double letters, vowels, how the ‘magic e’ can change the vowel sound from a short to long sound, and everything else!

√ Increase participation and understanding

Since each child has their own case, they are ALL participating and completing the activities together. This allows you to monitor and offer scaffolding when needed, which means that those children who often don’t complete tasks are joining in with the learning.

√ Easy and effective revision

You’ll be shown simple activities that children can use to revise sounds they’ve already learnt while learning new skills at the same time. Children often forget sounds they’ve been taught if they don’t continually revise them. The School Start Buddy helps children reinforce revisions so that they can fluently read and write phonetically regular words.

√ Caters to all literacy levels

School Start Buddy caters to all levels so that every child can achieve foundational literacy skills.

√ Easy transition to reading to writing sentences

The blank magnetic whiteboard blocks inside the School Start Buddy Case provide a simple and fun way to teach children early reading and writing skills. For example, the video below shows a child making a sentence from her school reader using the blank magnetic whiteboard blocks. She is learning to match one written word with one spoken word, and is learning that a sentence must look right, sound right and make sense.

√ Simple activities to learn tricky words

We’ll show you an easy activity that will help children learn to read and spell the tricky words from the Jolly Phonics program, such as ‘was’, ‘they’ and ‘said’. This is an activity that children can do independently when needed.

√ Easier for students to ‘hear’ sounds

You’ll learn easy and effective strategies that use the magnetic letters to hear sounds in words. Magnetic letters are excellent for helping children hear sounds in words, and to locate where the sounds are – the beginning, middle or end of the words. The School Start Buddy allows children to ‘play’ with words and make connections between words according to word families and common sounds, which is an effective way to teach the Jolly Phonics sounds.

√ Easy and time efficient to use

In the past, using magnetic letters has been a time consuming process. The School Start Buddy has all the magnetic letters clearly displayed on one whiteboard, making it easy and quick to find the letters.

√ Develop good listening skills

Many of the activities involve children using their own School Start Buddy to listen and follow your instructions. They develop good listening, which is a whole other learning area you are catering for.

√ Outdoor learning

The resources inside the School Start Buddy won’t blow away, so it is easy to take your lesson outside. The video below shows children using the School Start Capital Letter Case along with the School Start Buddy to make the alphabet with lower case and capital letters.

√ Develop sorting and organisational skills

Each time your students finish a lesson with their School Start Buddy Case, they spend one or two minutes organising the magnetic letters on their resource board, for example, sorting the letters according to colour. The ability to sort and organise objects is another learning area you are catering for.

√ Promotes discussion and discovery about words

Even though your students are using their own School Start Buddy, they are often working together to do the activities. This allows them to discuss sounds and words with their peers, which promotes higher levels of learning.

√ Encourages risk taking

Often children are reluctant to write because they’re afraid of making a mistake. The magnetic letters allow children to make words without actually having to write the word. The whiteboard then safely transitions children to writing words and sentences, because they can easily erase any mistakes. If children are confident to write the sounds they hear, they will quickly learn to write without support.

 

 Workshop details

Location: SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, Adelaide, South Australia

Date: Saturday 3rd February, 2018

Time: 9:30 – 12:30

Bookings are to be made with SPELD SA

Phone: 08 8431 1655

Email: info@speld-sa.org.au

Workshop 3

Spelling Strategies: Supporting the Jolly Grammar One Program with the School Start Spelling Case

Saturday 3rd November, 2018

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for teachers who use the Jolly Grammar One Program in their classroom, or who would like to know more about the Jolly Grammar One program, and would like to implement a ‘hands-on’ style of learning to increase their students’ word knowledge and spelling strategies.

It is also suitable for tutors, parents, school support staff and undergraduate teachers who would like to learn more about the Jolly Grammar One program.

Do I need the School Start Spelling Case to attend the workshop?

No. I provide a case for you to use during the workshop. However, if you choose to use the School Start Spelling Case in your classroom, you will have the option to purchase a class set at a discounted price.

What will I learn in this program and workshop?

This workshop teaches you how to use the School Start Spelling Case to support the Jolly Grammar One program in a fun, hands-on way. You will be guided through 36 lessons, which support the 36 weeks of the Jolly Grammar One program.

Each lesson in the Spelling Strategies Program provides you with step-by-step instructions that use the resources inside the School Start Spelling case. Your students simply listen and follow your instructions using their very own case.

Each lesson follows the same 5 simple steps, ensuring each runs smoothly.

  • Step 1: Students use the magnetic letters to learn a specific spelling strategy and revise spelling strategies taught in previous lessons. You simply read out the step-by-step instructions, and your students follow along using their own School Start Spelling Case.
  • Step 2: Students use the whiteboard marker to practise the letter formation of a particular letter/sound or to revise alternate letter patterns for a particular sound from previous weeks.
  • Step 3: Students use the whiteboard to practise their weekly spelling from the Jolly Grammar One program. You simply read out the list and encourage your students to correct any errors and try again when needed – the whiteboards make this easy to do!
  • Step 4: Students make the two weekly tricky words from the Jolly Grammar One program with magnetic letters and then ‘mix and make’ the words until they have memorised the correct spelling. You then revise tricky words from previous weeks for the children to write on their whiteboard.
  • Step 5: Pack up the School Start Spelling Case and put it away, ready for the next lesson.

Each child in your classroom uses their own School Start Spelling case to learn:

  • Digraph revision from the Jolly Phonics program
  • Alternate letter patterns from the Jolly Grammar One program
  • Hear and blend sounds, particularly consonant blends
  • Break words into sounds and syllables
  • Spelling rules related to making words plural
  • Spelling rules related to the vowel letters and their long and short sound
  • Spelling rules related to why we add a ‘magic e’ or a ‘silent e’ to the end of words
  • Spelling rules related to adding prefixes and suffixes to words
  • Spelling rules related to when we use ‘ck’ and ‘k’ at the end of words
  • Spelling rules related to why we double consonants in words
  • Spelling rules related to the semi-vowel ‘y’

Why should I choose to use this program in my classroom?

√ Increase participation and understanding

Since each child is following your instructions with their own case, they are ALL participating and completing the activities together. This allows you to monitor and offer scaffolding when needed, while also making sure every child is listening and learning. It’s a ‘zone-out-FREE-zone’!

√ Easy and effective revision

The trouble with focusing on a spelling strategy for just one or two weeks is that children often forget what they have learnt. This program makes sure that spelling strategies are constantly revised as you work through the weekly lessons. For example, the Jolly Grammar One program focuses on the spelling rule: when adding a magical suffix to a word that ends with a short vowel sound and one consonant, double the final consonant (week 17). If you use the spelling strategies program, this spelling rule is continually reviewed throughout the remaining lessons so that all the children have a good understanding of the rule.

√ Offers a simple and effective activity to learn the weekly tricky words

You will notice an improvement in your students’ writing if they are able to spell all 72 tricky words from the Jolly Grammar One program. This is why we have included a short and effective activity to do at the end of each lesson. This activity helps your students learn to spell the weekly tricky words, as well as revise tricky words covered in previous weeks.

√ Easy and time efficient to use

In the past, using magnetic letters has been a time consuming process. The School Start Spelling Case has all the magnetic letters, and prefix and suffix blocks clearly displayed on one whiteboard, making it easy and quick to find what you need.

√ Develop good listening skills

Each lesson involves your students listening to and following your instructions while using their own School Start Spelling Case. Because of this, children will quickly develop good listening skills, which is another important learning area you are catering for.

√ Easier for students to ‘hear’ sounds

You’ll learn easy and effective strategies that use the magnetic letters to hear sounds in words, particularly consonant blends, and make connections between words according to a common sound.

√ Take your lesson outside

Since the case won’t blow away in the wind, you can find a nice shady tree and combine learning to spell with enjoying the outdoors.

√ Develop sorting and organisational skills

Each time your students finish a lesson with their School Start Spelling Case, they spend one or two minutes organising the magnetic letters on their resource board, for example, sorting the letters according to colour. The ability to sort and organise objects is another learning area you are catering for.

√ Promotes discussion and discovery about words

Children are encouraged to discuss their learning with their peers and work together, even though they are using their own School Start Spelling Case. This collaboration promotes a higher level of learning and a greater interest and understanding of words.

√ Hands-on approach

The program provides a hands-on way to improve students’ spelling strategies, helping them understand words better. There are no worksheets!

√ Children learn to use a range of spelling strategies

When a child is struggling with spelling, they tend to rely only on hearing the sounds in words. This program provides a huge range of strategies to help children spell words correctly. For example, children use the prefix and suffix blocks to learn how words morph together. The suffix blocks are divided into two colours to signify if they can change a vowel sound or not, which helps children to understand rules around adding suffixes to words.

√ You will learn more about spelling rules yourself

If you don’t feel confident with spelling rules, you will quickly learn everything you need to know. Each lesson includes teacher notes that explain particular rules or teaching strategies in further detail.

√ Improve spelling test results

Each lesson incorporates learning the weekly list of spelling words from the Jolly Grammar One program. You are able to easily monitor who is able to spell the words confidently and who needs extra support to learn the list of words.

√ No preparation and planning

All the resources children need are inside the case so you don’t have to prepare anything for the lesson. Each child just opens up their very own case while you follow the lesson outline.

√ Anyone can run the program

You don’t have to be a teacher to use this program. If you’re a School Support Officer, you can work with a small group of children who need extra support. If you’re a parent of a child using the Jolly Grammar One program at school, you can support your child with spelling, while enjoying quality time with them.

 

Workshop details

Location: SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, Adelaide, South Australia

Date: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

Time: 9:30 – 12:30

Bookings are to be made with SPELD SA

Phone: 08 8431 1655

Email: info@speld-sa.org.au

Workshop 4: The right start to foundational literacy skills with the School Start Buddy

 Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone who wants to teach a child to read and write: parents, teachers, tutors and undergraduate students.

Do I need the School Start Buddy to attend the workshop?

No. I provide a case to use during the workshop. However, you will have the option to purchase the School Start Buddy at a discounted price.

 What will I learn in this workshop?

In this workshop you’ll learn the important first steps to teaching a child to read and write, and how to progress after those first steps. You’ll work through each activity using the School Start Buddy to develop various stages of learning.

You will also receive my complimentary, simple-to-use, assessment booklet. This booklet enables you to gauge your child’s specific stage of literacy, so that you can use the School Start Buddy to cater for their particular needs. I use this as a teacher, but it is simple enough for anyone to understand and use.

Why should I choose this workshop?

√ Makes your life MUCH easier!

In this workshop you will not only develop the skills and activity ideas to teach a child to read and write, but the School Start Buddy actually has all the hands-on resources you need to implement the activities. All the work is done for you!

√ You will learn how to teach a child to independently write

The steps needed to teach a child to write are very simple to follow with the School Start Buddy. The magnetic letters make it easy to teach letter sounds and to practise hearing sounds in words. Once children accomplish these skills, we will show you how to use the whiteboard and blank magnetic sentence blocks to progress from writing words to writing sentences to, very soon, writing whole pages.

√ Children will enjoy writing

Children want to write, and they enjoy writing when they are confident. We will show you how to give a child that ‘light bulb moment’, where they realise, “Hey! I can write!’ This is when you will see the most substantial improvement with their writing.

√ Make sure children get the basics right

I can’t stress enough how important it is for children to confidently achieve basic literacy skills during the early years of primary school. These skills enable them to progress at a more rapid pace. For example, when learning to read, it is essential for children to first learn to recognise letter sounds and confidently blend these sounds. If they can do this, they will have far more success when it comes to reading school readers.

The focus of this workshop is how to help children achieve these basic foundational literacy skills, the very skills that will give them the best start to their education.

√ Makes learning foundation reading skills fun for children and easy for adults

We will show the skills children need when they start with school readers. For example, one of the very first skills children need to learn is to match one written word with one spoken word. We will show you how to use the blank magnetic sentence blocks from the School Start Buddy, along with a school reader, to quickly teach these skills. The best part is children actually enjoy doing this activity!

√ Easy and time efficient to use

Magnetic letters are one of the best tools for teaching children to spell. In the past, using magnetic letters has been a time consuming process. The School Start Buddy has all the magnetic letters clearly displayed on one whiteboard, making it easy and quick to find the letters.

√ Perfect for new teachers

I remember what it was like in my first year of teaching, particularly teaching the foundation year, because I had to figure out where to start teaching a child to read and write. I wish I had access to this workshop during my first year! If I did, I would have known the exact process I needed to teach a child to read and write. If you are still finding your feet in the classroom, then this workshop is exactly what you need!

√ Easy and effective to use

You don’t need a teaching degree to attend this workshop because the School Start Buddy is designed to make it simple to teach fundamental reading and writing skills to a child.

√ Improve dexterity

The School Start Buddy is a completely ‘hands-on’ resource, allowing children to manipulate and play with the letters, words and sentences. They’ll enjoy a tactile experience that will encourage fine motor skills and a love of learning.

√ Outdoor learning

Since the case or magnetic letters won’t blow away in the wind, you can enjoy the outdoors while using the School Start Buddy.

 

Workshop details

Location: SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington, Adelaide, South Australia

Date: Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Time: 9:30 – 12:30

Bookings are to be made with SPELD SA

Phone: 08 8431 1655

Email: info@speld-sa.org.au

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