The VITAL YEARS Early English Literacy Programme recognises that children are natural readers, decoding and differentiating the sights, sounds and sensations around them from the moment they are born. Because our method harnesses the way in which they were BORN to learn, children progress faster and develop a love for the language itself.
We affirm that:
– Deciphering print is no more difficult for children than reading the world.
– We need not teach born readers to read but instead facilitate, or assist, their inherent skill.
– Children will read print with ease if obstacles are not placed in their way.
– Rather than “sounding out” or using phonics, children naturally decode print through distinguishing, categorising and generalising much the same as they decode other things.