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  • 1. Lively letters is part of the Reading with TLC program created by Nancy Alemian Telian, a speech and language pathologist, and Penny Alemian Castagnozzi, an elementary educator.

2. Lively Letters was created in 1990 for students in an urban setting who were at risk for developing reading difficulties. It is research based structured program that helps students develop skills in phonemic awareness and phonics. 3. Develops skills in phonemic awareness and phonics A multisensory, language based program that uses mnemonics and imagery Designed to be used as part of or as a supplement to the core reading curriculum for grades Pre-K-2. It also may be used as an intervention program for students of all ages. 4. Designed to be used in a whole class setting, in flexible grouping, or with individual students. The 44 sounds of the English language are taught with colorful letter pictures of which demonstrate oral letter formation. Mnemonics and hand cues are used to link the mouth movements (oral kinesthetics) with the letter sounds and shapes. 5. A multi-tiered program used daily or several times a week depending on the needs of the students. Lessons last from 15 to 60 minutes. Designed to be paced according to the needs of the student or students. Can take two to nine months to cover grade appropriate material. 6. Skills taught are letter/sound association, rapid, automatic naming of sounds, and phonetic decoding and encoding. This program connects letter shapes, letter sounds, and mouth movements that are needed to make the sounds. Letters grouped according to their oral kinesthetic features. Program begins by focusing on lower case letters and letter sounds. Letter names are introduced later. 7. Suggested order for letter presentation: Quiet/ Noisy Consonant Pairs- p/b, t/d, f/v, k/g, Misfit qu, Quiet/ Noisy th/th, Vowels a, o, Groups Sharing Common Feature- m, n, ng, l, r, Vowel u, Quiet/Noisy s/z, sh/zh, ch/j, Groups Sharing Common Feature- w, wh, h, Misfits x, y, Vowel e, King Ed- final e rule, Special Vowel Combinations- oo/oo, ou/ow, au/aw, oy/oi, er/ir/ur, or, ar, Misfit c, Soft g, and Other Vowel Pairs 8. After one or two vowels are introduced, students begin blending and manipulating vowels with learned consonant soundscvc words and nonsense words, deletions, substitutions, rhyming, and onset-rime. 9. Reading with TLC clinical studies: Pilot Study Boston Public Schools 1990-1996:170 students with reading difficulties made 2.1 grade level gains in phonemic awareness, 2.0 grade level gains in nonsense word decoding, and 1.5 grade level gain in oral reading. Oral reading Nonsense word decoding phonemic awareness 10. Study in York County, ME 2006-2008- Dibels testing showed that after using this program overall number of students scoring in the atrisk and deficient ranges was markedly decreased. 11. Study in Las Vegas, NV 2008-2009- 75% of students in this study were English Language Learners. Significant gains were reported in letter name and letter sound ID. 12. Berninger and Wolf in Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science refer to the benefits of using multisensory instruction for sustained attention and commitment to the learning process especially for those experiencing learning difficulties. 13. Three Reading with TLC studies show that students with reading difficulties had made significant gains in phonemic awareness and phonics. My current kindergarten class , the first class who received Lively Letters instruction in Prek, is more phonemically aware. Also more students seemed to be able to name the lower case letters of the alphabet. Focus on lower case letters means easier transition to reading words Appeals to young childrens learning styles This program should be paired with a good handwriting program that emphasizes the formation of the upper case letters. The students that I have this year who had Lively Letters last year could recognize the upper and lower case letters but had little experience with writing them. 14. All of the studies were retrieved from the Reading with TLC website:, V. W, & Wolf B. J. (2009). Teaching students with dyslexia and dysgraphia: Lessons from teaching and science. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks Publishing. 15. The Letter FKing Ed