Sunshine Starters is a new literacy program that focuses on the five essential skill areas that all children need to develop into successful readers. Evidence-based findings have identified these key areas as:
Phonemic Awareness – the ability to hear, identify and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words.
Phonics – understanding the relationship between written letters (graphemes) and sounds.
Vocabulary – developing an ever-increasing base of known words and their meaning.
Comprehension – ability to understand and make meaning from text.
Fluency – ability to read at pace with accuracy and expression.
Sunshine Starters features:
Engaging fiction and non-fiction texts
High-frequency words presented as flash cards on the inside cover of each book
Skills teaching focus on the inside back cover of all titles