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Actions when teaching the alphabet or phonics

I understand your question, as the Science of Reading is generally not supportive of associated alphabet/phonics songs, stories and actions.

The reason the actions were incorporated in the first place was to provide a 1-second action, which is short, which shouldn't interfere with the focus, but which provided young children with movement while seated on the mat session. It was during these trials that we experienced within schools with low entry levels (and often low SES) that the element of movement, seemed to help the length of time students could remain seated on the mat session.

The movement is the least important element of the instruction. Emphasizing the mouth is far more important.

It is possible to utilise the program without the 'action'.

Hope this clarifies.

Updated on: 18/01/2022

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