About the Reading Curriculum

The Structure of the Curriculum

Comprehensive in its scope and design, our curriculum will guide your child in a systematic and progressive fashion: from sight-reading single words, to sounding out groups of words, to reading complete stories by the end!

The Little Reader curriculum spans a period of one year, with two semesters of six months each. Based on a five-day week, each semester comprises 130 days of lessons. Every day one word will be retired and one new word added to each category of your lessons. When the end of a category is reached, the first word retired will return.

Each day's session is made up of a number of different lessons. For example, a day's session may contain the following lessons:


Curriculum Language

Little Reader kits include an English curriculum (2 choices below):

  • English (US) Curriculum - uses American spelling rules with an American accent
  • English (UK) Curriculum - uses British spelling rules with a British accent

IMPORTANT NOTE: English UK content only refers to media files and digital lessons for the Little Reader software. Deluxe kit buyers will receive books and printed material which use American spelling.

Additional languages are available separately as content packs:

  • Chinese (Simplified) Curriculum - uses Simplified Chinese characters with recordings in Mandarin Chinese
  • Chinese (Traditional) Curriculum - uses Traditional Chinese characters with recordings in Mandarin Chinese


Lesson Types

In Semesters 1 and 2 of the curriculum, you will see these types of lessons - more than once a session in some cases:

1.  Word Flash Lessons

Word Flash is used to teach words through the flash method. Words will auto-forward rapidly and take less than a minute to play. What's good about this method?

2.  Multisensory Lessons

Multisensory lessons teach at a leisurely pace and this is the part where you can interact with your child the most. You control the speed of the lessons, and manually move from word to word. What's good about this method?

3.  Picture Flash Lessons

Picture Flash is lessons are pretty much like Word Flash lessons, but the difference is that you teach the meanings of words by flashing pictures. This effectively reinforces what your child has learned during the Multisensory Lessons! What's good about this method?

4.  Pattern Phonics™

Pattern Phonics™ lessons show groups of color-coded words with varying vowel and consonant clusters. From the fifth week onwards, your child will not only learn to sight-read, but will also be guided to decode the written language in an intuitive manner. What's good about this method?

5.  Story Time

Little Reader includes simple stories which use words from the curriculum, so towards the end of the curriculum, your child will learn to read not only simple sentences, but even complete stories! Story Time also lets you teach your child at your own pace by manually moving between each sentence in the stories. What's good about this method?

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