About Radiophonics in Carriacou and Petite Martinique
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About Radiophonics in Carriacou and Petite Martinique
RadioPhonics is a radio programme to help and support teachers in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Teachers in Grenada are also welcome to tune in and follow our progress each day. In our islands, our aim is to help our teachers to enable every child to read, write and spell. In an age where everything from the instructions on a packet to computers requires us to be literate, we want our children to excel.
We also hope that everyone - teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbours and children - will enjoy listening. We know that you will all find RadioPhonics entertaining and fun; if you tune in at the same time every day, you will not miss anything. You will know what your children have been learning each day and will be able to help and support them at home.
Each lesson will be repeated three times each day, so don't worry if you miss one. Also you will be able to sign in to this website to hear any programmes that you may have missed. Each day you will find teaching materials and an outline of the lesson plan on this site.
Thanks also to Nerissa Fortune for her pioneering work, to Cynthia Caton for recording the programmes and to Dejohn Baker for being the voice of 'Tyrell the Turtle'.
These lesson plans are based on synthetic phonics principles. They are intended for children from the ages of 4 to 6 years. Children are taught that letters are code for sounds and we blend (synthesise) sounds to read words. The alphabetic code is taught directly, systematically and quickly. Children are taught to read (decode) the words they spell and to spell (encode) the words they read. Synthetic phonics is only for teaching children how to read and write words. Every day there should also be opportunities for children to extend their language comprehension and their skill in using spoken language. They should listen and talk to their teacher and to other children, hear their teacher read stories, look at picture books, say rhymes and poems, and learn new vocabulary across the curriculum. However, when they are learning to read, they should
not
be asked at any time to read or write words with letter-sound correspondences they have not yet learned or been taught.
Children learn best and teachers teach best when they are enjoying the lessons. Praise the children for what they are able to do. Do not put pressure on them to remember what has been taught. No child will remember every letter sound immediately, but each day we will revise and repeat what we have learned so that gradually every child will be able to remember. As a teacher, be gentle on yourself. Teaching in a new way is difficult at first. Recognise your achievements. The best reward is success. With synthetic phonics children and teachers achieve success quickly.
Contact Us by email: info@radiophonics.org