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Picture Packets - Transition

By Center for Innovation in Education

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Center for Innovation in Education
Picture Packets - Transition


The twelfth of the fourteen apps that comprise the Baratta-Lorton Reading Program.

The Reading Program is a reading and writing curriculum for beginning readers and any child who has already experienced difficulty in learning to read.

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Background for the fourteen apps
The Baratta-Lorton Reading Program also known as Dekodiphukan (pronounced decode if you can) was developed by the Center for Innovation in Education whose many other offerings include Mathematics Their Way, the first non-traditional math curriculum adopted in by the State of California.

Dekodiphukan has been in use in classrooms across the United States and Canada since 1985. The Program has been used to teach thousands of children to read and to write regardless of background or supposed lack of reading readiness.

To date, no child using the program in a classroom setting has ever failed to learn to read or to write.

This Dekodiphukan reading and writing curriculum is now a series of fourteen apps plus a parent-guide for the iPad that, within a period of six months to a year (or occasionally a bit longer for some special needs children), will enable every child using it to read and to write. Reading with enjoyment. Writing creatively.

Dekodiphukan is a full fledged curriculum. It is a set of specific learning activities, not a set of games. The curriculum’s fourteen apps are all free with no ads - popup or otherwise - included. While the apps may be downloaded all at once and stored in a folder on the iPad, no more than two or three of the apps are used at any one time by the child.

Picture Packets - Transition
The twelfth of the Fourteen Apps

The child begins Picture Packets-Transition at the same time as he or she begins the Writing Worksheets.
Despite the lack of specific letter instruction accompanying the Picture Packets, the parent will observe that when his or her child reads the Picture Packets-Transition phrases, the child often attempts to read the words in letters, as opposed to the words in sounds.  The sounds above the letters are used when the word they represent is not known.  Children use the sounds to check the accuracy of their reading without having to ask a parent or anyone else a word they do not know.
It may seem like more should be said about teaching children how to read the letters in the transition phrases, because it is the transition level of the program that produces the most parental anxiety.  The concern is that a child may not be able to make the switch from sounds to letters to become what the parent feels is a real reader.  But the most difficult learning level has already past.  It passed for each child when that child mastered the art of blending two and three sounds into words.  The child who can read phrases comfortably and who is at the transition level has already cleared all the hurdles.  The child now is merely finishing out the run.

Picture Packets - Transition
Introduced in tandem with the Writing Worksheets
No specific lesson with the letters is given to the child
Letter association take place in the Writing Worksheets and Sightword apps

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Picture Packets - Transition
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 22.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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