Instructional Content – LTK At Home and LTK For Schools
LTK At Home and LTK For Schools begin instruction by teaching the sounds made by letters, then 3-letterwords.
The multi-sensory techniques employed by the program include visual, auditory and tactile-kinesthetic.
The student will receive up to ten repetitions of each sound, letter or word. If 80 percent mastery is achieved, the lesson continues with the next activity.
At the end of each of the LTK lessons, there is a quiz that appears to the student as a game.
There are over 1400 lesson instructions and over 150 help instructions recorded for the student.
All primary phonetic letter combinations have an accompanying graphic for reinforcement. These graphics, keywords and spelling rules are integrated with the software and are printed on 108 cards in the LTK carddeck.
All new words are presented in strict sequence that relies on letters and letter-sound combinations previously mastered by the student.
- Lessons 1-10 review the alphabet, teach 3-sound, 3-letter words, and basic word building rules.
- Lessons 11-22 teach initial and final blends. Within Lessons 1-22 there are approximately 800 words.
- Lessons 23-41 teach basic silent-“e” rules, digraphs, long vowel sounds and long vowel teams: 890
- Lessons 42-59 teach closed, two-syllable words, final consonant “le” rules, and the letter “y” sounds:650 words.
- Lessons 60-75 teach “r”-controlled rules and sound combinations, more on vowel teams: 740 words.
- Lessons 76-87 address digraphs, suffixes, hard/soft “c” and “g”, silent letters and numbers: 620 words
- Interspersed are review lessons.
Over 4400 words are available within LTK. All of them are recorded in human voice.
All sentences and stories contain only words previously taught to the student.
There are over 4000 unique sentences and 250 stories for practice and word recognition.
LTK includes a Placement Test to automatically determine the appropriate beginning lesson number for each student.
LTK provides an optional Auditory Assessment test to determine whether or not the student is capable of understanding the differences in letter and word sounds. If the student is unsuccessful in this test, he or she will be asked to seek out help to assist with the lessons.
A series of familiarization exercises teach the student how to use the mouse, keyboard, and the LTK screen control objects required to use the program successfully.