"At our literacy clinic, breakthroughs with letter and sound recognition can occur in a matter of weeks using the Easy Alphabet."
Speech Pathologist & creator of the Easy Alphabet
Unlike other alphabets, each letter in the Easy Alphabet is supported by an integrated audio-visual cue in the form of a ‘story’ that links the picture to both the sound, and the shape of the letter. Humans are natural story-tellers and the Easy Alphabet taps into that natural ability bringing extra meaning to the page, particularly for struggling readers.
Watch video to learn why the Easy Alphabet works
Let's use 'm’ as an example. A typical alphabet may use 'moon' as the visual cue. While moon does start with ‘m’, the moon itself provides no meaningful clue as to the shape of the letter. In the Easy Alphabet we use embedded picture mnemonics - the letter ‘m’ is represented by the pictured story “man goes over the mighty mountain". The story guides the child to think first of the 'man' parachuting down to the ground and then climbing the two 'mighty mountains'. Directional cues on how to write the letter correctly are built into the story.
The Easy Alphabet works because:
- each letter has its own picture story
- a memorable character is created for each letter
- each story provides directions for how to write the letter
- the sound of the letter is repeated in each story
The Easy Alphabet focuses on lower-case letters, not capitals for three reasons:
- research shows children have less trouble remembering capitals
- 95% of the content we read is lower case letters, not capitals
- when letter retention is a struggle, the single case helps reduce confusion. We focus on mastering the letter case they will use all day, every day.