Stepping Stones Reading
Maps 1 to 4 – Starting Out in The Zoo
Step 1 – Starting Out in the Zoo is aimed at 3-6 year olds who have little or no reading skills. This is where all children can begin to learn to read. By completing the 40 lessons in the Starting Out set, children will learn their first reading skills. This includes learning the sounds and names of letters, reading their first sight words, such as the, I, and, is and see. They will also learn the essential phonic skills needed to read three letter words such as cat, fan and Sam. Children will then be able to read their first simple stories featuring Sam the Ant.
Maps 5 to 8 – Beginning to Read in The Playground
Step 2 – Beginning to Read in the Playground – builds on skills learned in Step 1 with a focus on short vowel words such as cat, dog, ten, fish and duck and on building reading skills. Children will learn many more high frequency sight words, build word families and read another 40 books. Some of these books will be nonfiction titles with a focus on building vocabulary in these areas – numbers, facial features, and animals as pets.
Maps 9 to 12 – Building Confidence at The Theme Park
Step 3 – Building Confidence at the Theme Park – covers long vowel words such as cake, kite, rain, cook, seat and cute. These new phonic patterns are introduced and reinforced so that children can read them fluently and spell them correctly. There is an increased focus on reading for meaning, comprehension and understanding longer words and sentences. Children read 40 new longer books. Some of these books will be nonfiction titles with a focus on building vocabulary in a variety of key areas.