PreLit is a skills-based, early literacy preparation program for preschool children in the year before school. It is designed to complement a play-based learning environment and provides children with a sound foundation for learning to read.
PreLit can be taught to a whole class, small groups or individually for all children in the year prior to entering formal schooling. It may also be suitable for children who come to school without the necessary prerequisite literacy skills in place.
PreLit can be delivered by preschool teachers and child care centre staff as well as teachers and parents who want to make sure their child is ready for school.
- Evidence-based, best practice program for preschool children in their year before formal schooling
- Appropriate for Kindergarten students who have started school without the necessary emergent literacy skills
- Appropriate for all children regardless of skill level
- Highly cost effective small group or whole class instruction program with low ongoing operating costs
- Comprehensive training, equipping teachers with the skills they need to prepare children for reading at school
- Easy to adopt in an early childhood or school setting
The program is systematic, skills-based and taught in a hierarchical sequence and designed to complement a play-based learning environment. There are two main components:
- Phonological awareness
- Oral language development through Structured Book Reading
The program consists of a comprehensive Starter Kit and a one-day Professional Development Workshop is available and is highly recommended to obtain optimal results.
The PreLit Kit provides early childhood teachers with the tools necessary to teach pre-literacy skills and concepts in a fun and engaging way. There are 108 short, clearly prescribed lessons that incorporate different types of phonological awareness activities and oral blending and segmentation activities.
Various activities are presented in a game format and lessons are cumulative with children progressing through the program at their pace and developmental level. Each activity is 15-20 minutes and designed to be delivered three times per week.
The PreLit Kit includes the following components:
- Teacher manual
- Lessons book
- Sound snap presentation book
- Letter cards
- Alphabet picture cards
- Picture cards
- Shared story book reading cards based on 36 well-known children’s storybooks
The one-day PD workshop on the PreLit Program includes a comprehensive overview and provides in-depth practical training in delivering the program.
Training is particularly recommended for early childhood teachers who may not be familiar with evidence-based teaching of emergent literacy skills and concepts. However, it is suitable for all early childhood teachers, particularly those working with children from disadvantaged or indigenous backgrounds.
We highly recommend attendance to the Professional Development Workshop to learn how best to help the children strive once they start school. PreLit PD and the PreLit Kit are available to parents, preschools, childcare centres and schools.
Feedback on PreLit
“I have been so impressed with how easy the PreLit program is to use! I really appreciate the explicit teaching elements and the repetition of tricky activities. I am amazed at the skill level and sound knowledge I now see in the class. I can’t recommend this program highly enough to any preschool educator who wants to increase children’s knowledge, skills and interest in reading.”
~ Suzie Beckinsale, Prep Teacher, Broughton Anglican College
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