The course begins with the vowels – a e i o u – learning to touch-type, read and spell these 5 letters/sounds. In the next lesson students are introduced to “onsets and rimes” e.g. ‘ten, pen, den, hen’. This teaches phonics in context while at the same time the student is learning to touch-type with opportunity for lots of repetition. It is this repetition that moves the words from short-term to long-term memory.
The program is multisensory – the student sees the letters in the colour and font of choice; hears the words through headphones; touches the keys and when they say the sound as they type they add another sensory input.