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Key Foundations is the launching pad for literacy. It is designed to absorb and engage young children at home or at school, through developmentally appropriate games that help them build the foundation for learning to read and write.

Components include:

Key Foundations Lesson Book

The 114 lessons in Key Foundations are fun, engaging, and take only 10 minutes per day to teach. These learning experiences are easy to implement in primary or early childhood settings to build the foundational skills that are critical for literacy success:

  • Oral language skills, vocabulary, and background knowledge
  • Thinking skills
  • Letter knowledge and letter-sound relationships
  • Phonological and early phonemic awareness skills
  • Social and cooperative skills

New knowledge is taught using a discovery model, which stimulates children’s curiosity and sense of achievement.

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Word and Sound Games

The Game Book and supporting 172 cards provide everything you need to support oral language and phonological awareness skills through developmentally appropriate, child-centered games.

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The Key Foundations Game Book contains a variety of easy and engaging games and activities that target the key skills children need for future literacy success.

The 45 one-on-one or small-group games target the following oral language and phonological & phonemic awareness skills:

  • Vocabulary and background knowledge
  • Describing
  • Comparing
  • Categorising
  • Syllables
  • Rhyming
  • Blending
  • Segmenting
  • Initial sounds
  • Final sounds
  • Long and short vowel sounds

The games can be used in conjunction with the Key Foundations lessons or on their own as a way to bolster foundational skills and promote school readiness.

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156 Picture Cards are used in a variety of games to:

  • Build vocabulary and background knowledge
  • Develop skills for description, comparison, and categorisation
  • Build phonological and phonemic awareness skills:
    • Recognising and producing rhymes
    • Segmenting syllables
    • Isolating initial and final sounds
    • Hearing the same sound in different words and in different positions
    • Blending and segmenting the sounds they hear in words
  • Make sound-letter connections
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16 Cue Cards are used with the Picture Cards to help children:

  • Develop essential oral vocabulary and language skills
  • Make connections between words and concepts
  • Ask and answer questions such as:
    • What size is it?
    • What shape is it?
    • What colour is it?
    • How do we use it?
    • Where does it live?
  • Build knowledge of shapes, colours, and living and non-living things
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The Key Foundations Word and Sound Games are included with the complete program but are also available for separate purchase.

Alphabet Bops 1 and 2

The Alphabet Bop books use rhythm and rhyme to teach letter names and sounds. The rhythmical, rhyming text engages children and captures their interest and sense of fun.

These books teach children to:

  • Recognise and name all letters of the alphabet
  • Associate a sound or sounds with each letter, including hard and soft c and g and short and long vowel sounds
  • Pronounce a sound for letters at the start of a word

Book 1 includes hard c and g and short vowel sounds.

Book 2 includes soft c and g and long vowel sounds.

This knowledge is essential as a foundation for learning how the alphabetic code of English works.

Find out how Key Foundations can help you build the foundational skills all children need to begin their literacy journey.

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