Sunshine Starters is a new literacy program that focuses on the five essential skill areas that all children need in order 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 feature:
- 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