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The LETTER LESSONS are fun and yet purposeful in terms of learning. Many modalities are used and interconnected. The learning objectives of this program are:

 

  • Differentiate names from sound of letters
  • Properly pronounce the letters sounds
  • Cues for name, sound and letter and sound formations
  • Names of the letters
  • Match upper and lower cases
  • Sounds of the letters
  • Directionality of letter formation, reading and writing
  • Write the letters
  • Analyze asymmetrical letters
  • Know about the vowels
  • How to correctly hold a pencil
  • Begin to spell, write and read, single syllable short vowel words

 

In the video demo's below, the letters transform into imaginative, unusual creatures keeping to their shape. The stories offer reasons why the letters look and sound the way they do.

 

The McM "People Line" cueing technique explained in the Basic Concept video is a priceless tool, especially for those with dyslexia. It assists with letter formations and illustrates the direction in which to read, write and spell.  The "People Line" is used with every letter lesson. This fun approach to learning is not only entertaining to watch but is purposeful in learning methodology. You will see how this is demonstrated in the LETTER “Aa” LESSON VIDEO below.

 

 

As the lessons progress, information builds upon itself within the program to communicate various levels of understanding, as demonstrated in the Basic Concepts video. The letter cases are seen as family units. The capital letter represents the parent. The lowercase letter is seen as the child. The letter cases are connected by appearance or related by circumstance. You can see how this works in the LETTER “Bb” LESSON VIDEO below.

 In the letters that commonly use multiple sounds (C, G, Q, Y, and X), their letter stories give reasons for why the different sounds are used and when.  You will see how that is achieved in the LETTER “Cc” LESSON VIDEO below.

By now you have probably noticed that the letter creatures and tunes linger in your head. This is because the program intertwines numerous modalities such as:

 

  • Unusual imagery
  • Storytelling
  • Rhythm and singsong phrases
  • Cueing systems
  • Associative learning
  • Drawing
  • Color-coding
  • Role-playing
  • Music
  • Animation and colorful graphics

 

The McM Program has been intentionally designed to activate the long-term memory and to increase learning retention throughout the program. This demonstrates the true power of the McM Literacy Program!

 

“When learning is fun, a lot of learning gets done!" - LaVerne McGrath

 

The EXERCISE SECTIONS will follow every letter lesson. Videos of real children will model how to exercise information imparted in the lessons. They guide the way to effectively use the special McM Cueing System for names, sounds, sound formation and writing. This shows instructors and/or parents ways to implement the information in classrooms and/or homes. It also gives a child exposure to the lesson information being applied. The EXECISES will include:

 

  • Role-playing
  • Signing
  • Cueing techniques
  • Multi-sound application
  • Reading application
  • Spelling application

 

The REVIEW SECTIONS come intermittently between letters lessons and exercises. The review sections ensure information is retained and supplemented by going over the basic concepts and the letters' sounds once again. Many other extremely important strands of information such as blending methods, vowel and syllable introductions and applications are reviewed.

 

The video component of the "BIRD BEAK PINCH" will be incorporated into one of the review sections. It ensures that students are optimally holding their writing instruments as they strengthen their motor skills while learning to write the letters and spell words. You can experience the "BIRD BEAK PINCH" VIDEO below.

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