APPROACH TO LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
The young child performs many readiness activities in preparation for reading. When the child is ready, he is introduced to sandpaper letters. This gives the child a “hand-brain” connection to the concept. As the child traces the letter, he hears the “sound” that the letter makes while feeling the configuration of the letter. This forms a firm connection within the child’s brain. Once all the letters are mastered, the child uses the movable alphabet to make words and later phrases and sentences. At this point, the child is reading on his/her own.