New Early Literacy Program – AZ for Mat Man® and Me
The teaching and practice of the program is guided by four research-based approaches to teaching early literacy skills: oral language, phonological awareness, word recognition and connected text – foundational skills that support learning of the alphabet. , putting students on a solid path to reading. Instructional design develops knowledge of the alphabet by integrating phonetics with connected text, helping students develop basic literacy skills.
âWe have built on 40 years of successful classroom practice to develop AZ for Mat Man and Me and have combined that with the best cutting-edge research in the science of reading and teaching effectiveness,â explained Terry nealon, CEO of Learn Without Tears. âAZ for Mat Man and Me was designed to flexibly meet the classroom needs of all students. This new program develops basic literacy skills for virtually all young learners, including emerging and developing readers, and English language learners. With multimodal learning options, play and creativity interactions translate into effective active learning that stimulates children, boosts self-esteem and boosts their confidence in learning. We use technology to support differentiated, data-driven education. The research report for AZ Mat ManÂ® and I can be downloaded here.
Socio-emotional learning is built into books and lessons, as students read, think, talk and write / draw five key habits: problem solving, understanding feelings, persistence, cooperation and kindness . These vitally important areas, combined with an unprecedented diversity that allows all children to see themselves in the stories and lessons from A to Z for Mat Man and Me, impact the overall development of students.
This new basic literacy program includes letter books for students, a teacher’s guide, reading books for teachers, and practice books for developing and emerging readers.
Digital improves learning and teaching
With a world-class implementation, AZ for Mat Man and Me provides a solid digital learning experience, with both an app for students and an app for teachers that support classroom learning and at home, as well as a multitude of other resources and interactive elements.
The student app allows students to read a book of letters independently or access the read aloud feature to track words as they are read. With the app, students can complete hands-on assignments, print and download teacher assignments, and receive independent skill-building practice through a number of basic learning activities.
With the Teacher App, educators will have an interactive teaching tool that includes a host of features, all designed to increase student achievement. The teacher dashboard provides an overview of everything needed to plan lessons, assign assignments, and maximize time spent teaching basic literacy. The read aloud feature allows AZ for Mat Man and Me to be presented on an interactive whiteboard, highlighting the words as they are read to the class. Combined, student and teacher apps allow teachers to assign student reading and letter learning in a differentiated way, track student progress, customize student order or content, and send progress reports to a student’s family.
Professional learning that enhances teacher use of AZ for Mat Man and Me will be delivered remotely and in person, providing both real-time and just-in-time professional development to educators using the new announced LWT. Inspire, empower and thrive approach.
Mat Man for Basic Literacy Today
A beloved classroom presence for decades as part of other LWT core learning programs, Mat Man has evolved to reflect the diversity of classrooms and young learners today. AZ for Mat Man and Me is diverse and culturally appropriate – children encounter characters and situations in which they can see themselves, while also experiencing other cultures at the same time.
âMat Man is a class figure who embodies the Learn Without Tears approach to educate confident readers and writers by helping young learners develop the understanding and cognitive skills that are the foundation of continued academic success. music, building, play and amazing stories, Mat Man serves as a flexible and practical teaching tool that students adopt, personalize, and then often become a class superhero, âsaid Dr. Elizabeth dewitt, a curriculum expert at LWT.
For decades educators around the world have embraced Mat Man, sparking the creation and sharing of worksheets, flashcards, student activities, videos, and other resources through Teacherspayteachers.com, Pinterest, Facebook groups and other learning communities.
Additional information about AZ for Mat Man and Me can be downloaded here.
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About Learn Without Tears
Learning Without Tears (LWT) is an industry leader in early learning. With 40 years of success, LWT’s mission is to make a difference in the life of every child, by giving them the fundamental tools for learning. Kindergarten to Elementary LWT programs easily scale to support diverse learners with multisensory, developmentally appropriate, and proven practices, supported by time-honored strategies, innovative technology, and unparalleled training and support for educators and teachers alike. families. LWT’s four decades of dedication to better student outcomes are anchored in premium educational products for classroom, distance or hybrid learning, underpinned by continuous research and development, classroom implementation global and tailored professional learning. The company has reached over 31 million students worldwide, developing key foundational skills with its flagship product lines Handwriting Without TearsÃ, Get Set for SchoolÃ and Keyboarding Without TearsÃ.
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