Have you heard of Lively Letters? No, I’m not talking about those fun-filled long letters you receive from friends and family around the holidays! I’m talking about the research-based instructional program that uses a multi-sensory approach that incorporates imagery, hand and body cues, humorous stories, and mnemonics to assist students with different learning styles to develop and access the information that is necessary to build the foundation for reading (Reading with TLC, 2014).
In a way this post is a product review. However, it should be noted that this is in no way directly linked to the authors of Reading with TLC or endorsed by them! I support their work and want to share how amazing I think their program is!
3 1/2 years ago, I traveled to Orlando after seeing a flyer about a new program and in true “Lyndsey” fashion, registered without thinking, drove 2 1/2 hours by myself, and attended my first Reading with TLC seminar. I fell in love. I bought a ton of their materials…
Then came back to my school, showed my Principal, and found a teacher willing to let me try it out in her class. I have to thank my friend Mrs. Amy Krill for allowing me to bombard her kindergarten class with a brand new program without knowing anything about it! What we found was ASTONISHING! Not only did our students learn their beginning sounds, uppercase and lowercase letters, our students learned correct placement for articulation of later developing sounds, the ability to blend and segment words, and the ability to generalize skills into text.
You can also find them on Facebook at Reading with TLC
If you are already using Lively Letters in your therapy, whether it’s in an inclusion setting like me, in a pull-out setting, or in a private practice I’d love to hear how it’s working for you!