Teaching English Literacy

Category: decoding

Mighty Mouth Movers – Explicit Teaching

Vowel Power!

  • Speech clarity
  • Word knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Creative thinking
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Oral language
  • Visualisation

Short story rhymes that alternate with words that emphasise the variety of vowel sounds and their letters in English. Highly appealing illustrations prompt oral language discussions, spelling, vocabulary and much more.
A multitude of teaching ideas are set out in the Teaching Manuals. Unique!

There are two editions:
* The yellow-covered books comprise lessons (Rhymes) 1-45 black and white illustrations for personal use activities; and the
* soccer-players covers are fully coloured versions of lessons (Rhymes) 1-20 printed as A3 POSTERS bundle. (Coloured version of lessons 21-45 will be available in the near future.)

95 pages A4
(2 pages of teaching ideas
for each page in the student book)

$45.00 +pp


Built for repetition, memorisation, enjoyment and deep learning.

Student Reader and activity book
and 100s of ideas in the Teaching Manual companion book.

The learning possibilities are not only full of variety, they are rigorous and enjoyable to implement.

The Student Book has immediate visual and oral language appeal for even the most reluctant learner.

The Teaching Manual has creative and deep learning lesson ideas for the forty five rhymes.


Colour Student Bundle Edition

20 x A3 Bundle and Teaching Manual
Suitable for individual and group learning.

20 A3 colour posters
$90 +pp

This is highly imaginative teaching as you’ve never seen it before.

The learning possibilities in the Manual are not only full of variety, they are rigorous and enjoyable to implement.

The Student Teaching Bundle has 20 individual A4 colour posters that have immediate visual language appeal. Suitable for individual student-owned display folders and/or use on a classroom display system (overhead, smartboard) in teacher-led group lessons.

The companion Teaching Manual has creative and explicit lesson ideas that teachers can select or adapt to suit the ages and abilities of the children they teach.

Examples from the bundle including teaching notes for each sample page:

Forwards and Backwards

These books will help develop vocabulary and decoding skills.


How to use these books

An automatic and smooth left to right eye movement is essential for decoding all words, but especially ones that are easily reversed.

Having a secure left to right oral and aural phonemic awareness promotes better reading for meaning in both out-loud and silent reading. The fish swimming from left to right on each page help develop this word-tracking accuracy.

The importance of reading practice, repetition, oral sentence creation, writing by copying and then writing from memory cannot be over-emphasised regarding their value in literacy teaching and learning.

Independently re-reading this book many times (similar to a musician practising a piece of music) and in many different ways to keep the learning fresh will help each learner build their word-recognition ability to recognise any of the words in this book at a glance. Meaning and vocabulary extension will come from oral language activities first by hearing the teacher/ reading coach model how to create sentences, and then by learners in the group creating and saying their own made-up sentences using the words.

Many sessions of teacher/reading coach demonstrating how to write words, phrases and sentences using selected oral sentence examples extends reading and word recognition skills and, most importantly, the ability to visualise words and predict their spelling. Writing practice also locks in tactile word memory and letter formation accuracy. Dictation and creative writing are an exhilarating culmination of what has gone before.

NOTE: Spelling errors should be unknown. Good teaching and repetition will make this possible.
Enjoy the journey!

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