Literacy Fun-da-men-tools: Helping you prepare your child for school
A STEP BY STEP GUIDE THAT BUILDS YOUR CHILD'S PRE-LITERACY SKILLSJoin the fun and buy today!
Build your child’s confidence and equip them with the tools they need to thrive at school with our step by step, fun and engaging pre-literacy foundation program.
The transition from home to formalised schooling can be challenging for many children; socially, emotionally and educationally. It is important for children to have foundation literacy skills in place in order to feel confident when starting school.
Is your child due to start school soon?
Are you concerned your child might not be ready for school yet?
Is your child at school but struggling with their alphabet and reading?
Has your child had a history of pronunciation problems?
Do you worry that they don't recognise letters or sounds?
Are you troubled that they have difficulty listening?
Do they struggle to identify or create rhyming words?
Are you worried that they can't write letters?
Do you live in the UK? Has your child been affected by school closures due to COVID-19?
If any of these questions or similar concerns play on your mind, then our Literacy Fun-da-men-tools program could just be what you and your child need to feel confident and excited at the prospect of thriving at school.
Building your child's skills and confidence
Our step by step, fun and engaging, pre-literacy foundation program builds confidence by equipping children with many of the skills they need to thrive during their early years at school:
• Phonological awareness (rhyme, syllables, sound identification)
• Handwriting (letter formation, fine motor, drawing)
• Vocabulary (themes, concepts, comprehension)
• Following instructions (listening, observation, memory)
• Auditory discrimination (distinguishing between similar sounds and words)
Each session contains consistent components and builds sequentially, allowing you and your child to practise as much as you need to, in order to feel confident before moving on to the next session.
The Language Tree helps you to create a fun, inclusive, nurturing and multi-sensory learning environment for your child, with the added bonus that you will be actively participating in your child’s learning journey and all from the comfort of your own home! It's important to note that certain pathways in the brain (auditory, visual and kinesthetic) as well as all phonological skills need stimulating before reading and writing can occur. This program is ideal for building those pathways and skills.
There are nine sessions in the program. Each session is themed and contains six to nine instructional videos demonstrating how to play the game-based activities as well as explaining which skill is being developed. These videos are accompanied by comprehensive, easy to follow activity plans, instruction sheets, worksheets and dozens of beautiful resources for you to download and use.
DISCLAIMER: This course is intended to be used as a home program to support parents in preparing their child for school. It does not replace assessment, diagnosis or treatment from a qualified speech and language pathologist/therapist. If a parent is concerned about a persistent speech, language or literacy issue, they should seek face to face professional guidance.
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Hello, I'm Vicki, a qualified speech & language pathologist/therapist.
I have over 32 years of professional experience working with children and their parents.
I am the founder and proprietor of The Language Tree, a speech, language and literacy clinic based in Sydney, Australia www.thelanguagetree.com.au.
I pioneered the use of The Spalding Method® in my London based clinic, Spellit Practice www.spellitpractice.co.uk before returning to Australia to develop the TLT System®.
Children who attend my clinics, typically make 12–18 months progress in their reading skills after 12–24 hours of direct therapy. This level of success is due to the strength of the TLT System® and also having a parent present in the therapy sessions to ensure they learn, consolidate, support and implement the method at home.
I have adapted the TLT System® into two online programs (Literacy Fun-da-men-tools and Literacy Read and Write) so that those who cannot attend the clinic can still benefit from my literacy expertise.
I specialise in treating children with literacy, language and articulation disorders and I am also a published author. Along with two colleagues, I wrote "Total Phonology", a research based manual that stresses the importance of establishing phonological awareness skills at a pre-school level, in order to minimise literacy difficulties in the primary school years. This manual focuses on providing training to encourage parents to play in a guided and rewarding manner with their children at home. This manual became the foundation for our school readiness program in the clinic and its online sister program, Literacy Fun-da-men-tools.
I thoroughly enjoy working with children of all ages from pre-school to adolescence and provide a range of services in addition to direct 1:1 therapy, including home programs, master classes, holiday intensives, parent and teacher training workshops.
I have delighted in helping more than 4,000 children to read and write during the course of my rewarding career.
Families from all over Australia and overseas often bring their children to receive specialist literacy treatment at The Language Tree.
The Literacy Read and Write online program is designed to empower parents, teachers and speech pathologists to work actively with children in a step by step and engaging way. Over the last 20 years, I have developed the TLT System®, and eight years ago I began a voluntary, collaborative education project with Raw Impact, a Cambodian based charity www.rawimpact.org. I devoted time and clinical resources, adapting the TLT System® to train teachers and children in Cambodian village schools to speak, read and write English.
I am qualified in Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), The Spalding Method®, parent-child interaction and completed the Defeat Autism Now (DAN) Practitioner training.
Erin Hopkins: Specialist Literacy Coach
If you would like extra support there is also the option of working with Erin, our specialist literacy coach who offers sessions over zoom. Erin has worked as a creative writing and high school English teacher, ESL teacher to both children and adults and is also a mindfulness teacher in primary school. She has two bachelor degrees in English and Communication/Journalism and Master's Degree in Education. Erin is also trained in Georgina Manning's Peaceful Kids Program.
Featuring 54 game demonstration videos, dozens of beautiful PDF course materials and bonus content!
StartSession 1: All Materials to Print (7 PDF sheets)
StartSession 1: Introduction (0:40)
PreviewActivity 1: Sound Cards (letter recognition) (2:03)
StartActivity 2: Syllables (meet and greet) (1:01)
StartActivity 3: Letter Formation & Drawing (self portrait & letters) (3:16)
PreviewActivity 4: Auditory Discrimination (same & different sounds) (1:15)
StartActivity 5: Follow Instructions (auditory directions) (1:12)
StartActivity 6: Rhyme (rhyming picture pairs) (1:09)
StartActivity 7: Daily Story (piglet and mama) (0:29)
StartExtra Fun: Letters of Your Name (0:11)
StartSession 2: All Materials to Print (6 PDF sheets)
StartSession 2: Introduction (0:30)
StartActivity 1: Sound Cards (learning letters) (3:37)
PreviewActivity 2: Rhyme (family meet and greet) (1:04)
StartActivity 3: Auditory Discrimination (same and different words) (1:12)
StartActivity 4: Letter Formation (bear ears and bow tie) (1:29)
PreviewActivity 5: Syllables (animal puppets) (1:23)
StartActivity 6: Follow Instructions (puppet place swap) (1:07)
StartActivity 7: Daily Story (piglet and papa) (0:38)
StartExtra Fun: Pizza Toppings (0:55)
What people are saying about Vicki
"It is obvious in my opinion that Vicki and her team have a huge love for children, a passion for teaching and are motivated by the joy that they see in the progress of every child that they have contact with. I would happily encourage anyone to incorporate The Language Tree's systems into their child’s developmental program.
Our daughter started kindergarten this year after recently being diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability. It became evident very quickly that she would need external help outside the standard school system and we were very fortunate to be advised by both friends and also our paediatrician of Vicki and The Language Tree in our search.
From the first encounter with Vicki and her team, our daughter was at ease in a fun and stimulating environment. Each lesson is structured and sequenced to suit our daughter personally, with innovative fun games and worksheets that are interesting
and age/stage appropriate.
Since our daughter was little, she has had an extensive history of interventions and support from speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. It has been difficult for her to retain and recall certain information and makes learning very difficult and
at times frustrating.
Our daughter tires easily and normally after 5 to 10 minutes of work she finds excuses
What I’ve witnessed since we began going to Vicki's clinic is that my daughter loves to go to each session. Vicki makes learning fun. I am amazed how my child has progressed each week, retaining the sound cards and hand cues and responding to their colours (this really helps support her memory recall). Vicki’s method of connecting each sound to objects and toys to encourage and stimulate our daughter’s focus has really worked, as she can now sit for approximately 30 to 45 minutes without a break. Homework is not a chore anymore as it fits into our busy family (of four children) with just 5 to 10 minutes a day of fun and achievable games, where positive reinforcement is key.
As a parent of a child with a learning disability it is so important to surround yourself, your child and your family with people who not only support you, but see the ability and potential in your child. As a parent, I have learnt so much from Vicki to help our daughter.
I feel confident and positive that I can assist my child in the learning process more now than ever before."
Cait, Sydney, Australia
"Many people have dedicated their lives to topics that most of us take for granted: Louis Pasteur and his work with milk; Thomas Edison and the lightbulb; and comically, Willy Wonka and the cocoa bean!
Vicki has done just that too, with literacy and the improvement of a child’s language.
Attending Vicki’s clinic for the first time, it is clear she commands immense knowledge on this topic. However, it is not until you spend some time with her that you realise this knowledge comes from a lifelong passion and dedication to help as many children as possible, while empowering the parents to improve their child’s skills. It is all
I knew my son was behind his peers at school, but it wasn’t until that first meeting with Vicki that I saw just how far behind he really was. As a parent I was very upset.
Then, in the following sessions, Vicki magically opened the doors to the Chocolate Factory!
The clinic and the way we learn is colourful, playful and fun. While my son looks forward to each visit, what he doesn’t know is that he is learning, and learning at an incredible pace.
Vicki’s program is very structured and sequenced, although you may not see or realise this at first. You can’t – you and your child are having too much fun!! However, just like the Chocolate Factory tour, the minute you and your child walk through those doors, Vicki has a proven literacy plan, developed over 20 years of dedication, that she puts into place. Simple activities, from board games to trampolines, are really exercises in skill building and improving focus, and best of all we can easily practice these at home too. As my son improved, Vicki’s sequences moved us through vocabulary building on to phonetic sounds and then to proper handwriting.
Just eight months after seeing how far behind my son really was, he has shown 24 months of improvement. Being a visual learner, the colour of the Sound Cards supported his memory and retention. His listening skills and new syllable recognition have blended impressively into fluid reading, and as a parent I’ve become addicted to many of the fun learning games my son and I now play even when out and about or walking!
It’s been amazing to witness the progression my son has had through the efforts of Vicki and her team. It’s helped him immensely and provided me with tools I didn’t even know existed.
Thank you Vicki for providing the fundamental tools of fun!"
Peter, Sydney, Australia
"We were recommended to The Language Tree via a very dear friend who couldn't speak more highly of Vicki and her team. As a mother to two girls, I believe it is important to have confidence in the activities we enrol our children in. Because of this I thoroughly researched several programs and clinics before starting to work with Vicki.
We started individual intervention for my eldest and she was making leaps in her speech development in a matter of a few weeks.
When I enquired about Literacy Fun-da-men-tools, it was clear that the structure of
the program and the method by which it was delivered was unlike any I had
The program was very holistic and targeted a wide range of school readiness skills, in preparation for successful literacy, letter formation and listening. The program also covered turn taking to promote sharing.
Each session’s structure was clearly explained and all the 'at home' activities were fun, achievable and provided us with great knowledge as well as empowerment to continue the school readiness journey at home.
We still play some of the games that we both learnt throughout the program and I firmly believe the progress that my daughter has experienced during the first six months of 'big school' has been greatly supported by the success and learning she gained during Vicki's Literacy Fun-da-men-tools program.
I can't recommend this program more highly. It has shaped the way we build the fundamental skills needed for early literacy.
Vicki has not only taught my children, she has also empowered me and changed the way I play with my girls. She has literally revolutionised the way we play in our house. My husband and I now feel 100% confident to provide the right learning opportunities for
I don't know where our family would be today without the love, guidance, education and support that Vicki and her team have given us. We are now engaged in program two, where my daughter is learning the full range of Sound Cards and as a result is in the top reading group at school.
Vicki and her team are very loving and kind, they know exactly how to motivate the children and encourage them throughout their learning process.
As a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT), I believe in a wholistic approach to learning. I know the importance of building strong rapport with and confidence in speech therapy colleagues and how this relationship can support the foundation for a child to develop across areas of difficulty. Once a child builds trust in their therapist they feel safe and secure to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zone, in order to tackle new learning opportunities to further their knowledge and development.
My youngest daughter now attends weekly sessions with Vicki and has also developed great confidence in her speech and language.
Thank you Vicki, you are amazing!!"
Morgan, Sydney, Australia