Does Ooka Island help those with learning differences?
Most children who are struggling with reading are experiencing difficulty as the result of weak phonological skills. The Ooka Island program is designed specifically to focus on the development of this area by:
- Teaching phonological awareness skills at the phoneme level (single sounds) and emphasizing the auditory aspect
- Teaching the phonemes in the order in which they are the easiest to hear and blend
- Focusing on developing decoding skills (phonics) to an automatic level where little thought is required
- Teaching phonological awareness skills separate from the reading
For many children who are having significant difficulty learning to read, the Ooka Island program, with its combination of carefully leveled books and in-depth phonological skills development, is exactly what is needed for them to master the skills necessary to becoming a confident reader.