Steps to Reading Program

Our new Baby and Toddler Group Sessions. 
Part of the Speech Sound Pics (SSP) Approach


Baby and Toddler 'Steps to Reading' Groups
in Dorset, England. 

Monster Mapping® helps practitioners to promote speech, language and communication development; identify those children who are experiencing difficulties; and support children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The Steps to Reading Program includes storytelling and group reading; activities that develop letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, mapping of sounds with 'Speech Sound Pics'® (Linguistic and Visual phonics); and introductions to different kinds of writing.
The International Phonetic Alphabet is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardised representation of the sounds of spoken language.Phonetic symbols therefore represent a speech sound, and each SSP 'Speech Sound Monster' is linked to one of these phonetic symbols. ​Rather than learning phonetic symbols, children learn the Monsters, who all have their own personalities, movement and music. Young children develop an awareness of the English speech sounds we use, and how to 'talk on paper' in a playful, fun way. Reading and writing for pleasure is key.   
Early language development is critical for future learning and school readiness
Each Speech Sound is represented by a (phoneme) Monster , and aligns with the IPA. Children isolate, segment and blend these smallest units of spoken language, and easily 'map' them to the 'Speech Sound Pics' that represent them on paper (graphemes)  
Monster Mapping ®
SSP - The Speech Sound Pics Approach from Miss Emma
Part of the SSP Approach

MONSTER Mapping® Part of the Steps to Reading Early Years Programme 
Created by Miss Emma, BEd Hons. MA Special Educational Needs

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