We’ve just launched Word Families, a new phonics-based series aimed at helping children learn to read. Each story teaches a different word family such as “at,” “et,” “it,” “og,” “ut.” Simple “flashcards” placed at the beginning of each story provide lots of practice:
Think of word families as building blocks in the process of learning to read English. Once a child has learned the “at” sound, she or he can recognize it in many more words such as “cat,” “rat,” and “mat,” and eventually in more difficult words too, like “caterpillar,” or “acrobat”. Each episode in Word Families also features some high-frequency sight words. After Word Families, your young English student will be on his or her way to reading more complicated texts and stories!
Word Families was developed and written by ELL expert Misa Lindberg. While working as an editor at Little Fox for several years, Misa earned a Master of Education degree, with certification in TESOL. She is now a practicing elementary ELL teacher.
Further reading: http://www-tc.pbs.org/teacherline/courses/rdla157/pdfs/c2s5_10timing_teaching.pdf
Hello from the Little Fox editorial team, and welcome to our blog. At Little Fox we create ESL materials with one goal in mind—to make learning English fun for children!
Kids learn a new language best when they’re fully immersed in it, either through conversation, or in our case, a large digital library of entertaining stories, songs, and games. Our leveled Little Fox Readers have high kid appeal and cover many genres—folktales, classics, everyday life, fantasy, humor, history, science, etc. Our leveled songs include favorite nursery rhymes and sing-alongs as well as phonics chants to help ELLs learn.
We’ll be sharing a lot of information on this blog, from educational tips for ESL students to activities you can do with your learner based on our stories and songs. We’ll also be providing some behind-the-scenes glimpses of how our talented team of writers, illustrators, animators, musicians, and voice-over actors bring our stories to life. So be sure to check in again!