Alphabet Desk Mats for The Early Years – Foundation Font (Downloadable)

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Year Level: Early Years
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Designed by Speech Pathologists and educators, Alphabet Desk Mats have been created for children aged 3-5 years old to support early writing efforts. These downloadable desk mat resources are ideal for use in the school or home to assist children providing:

  • Letter starting points of lower case letters
  • Reminders of correct pencil grip
  • The pictures support alphabet sound recall (which is particularly important for spelling).
  • Available in Cursive or Foundation Font available

The recommended order of letter presentation.

  • Group 1 Letters (s, a, t, p, i, n) with yellow dots
  • Group 2 Letters (m, r, h, e, c, d) with blue dots
  • Group 3 Letters (f, l, g, o, u, b) with green dots
  • Group 4 Letters (w, j, v, k, z, y q, x) with red dots

The recommended manner of presentation.

  • Introduce then revise one group at a time.
  • Only progress onto subsequent groups of letters once previous concepts covered have been demonstrated.
  • One Alphabet Desk Mat for Early Years in PDF format for print on A3/A4 paper or card.

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  • Alphabet Desk Mats for The Early Years – Foundation Font (Downloadable)
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    The screen focuses on two main skills: 1. Phonological Awareness: the ability to attend to the phonological structure or sound structure of words. 2. Alphabetic

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    Early Reading Screen – Foundation

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    A booklet that provides an overview of Oral Language, Literacy and Motor for children in the early years (3 and 4 year olds). Tips for home and causes for concern are also outlined. The booklet can be photocopied back to back and then folded in half to provide a compact reference.

    Three and four year olds approach the world with great curiosity and a desire to explore. As a result, this age range is considered to

This download outlines how PLD programs link to the ACARA National Curriculum year level content descriptions.

  • Alphabet Desk Mats for The Early Years – Foundation Font (Downloadable)
    PLD’s Alignment to the Australian National Curriculum

    How does PLD align to the Australian National Curriculum?

    In the attached download we have outlined where PLD applies to each year level, the content code and descriptor and the related PLD programs.  

ISBN : 9781921560583

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