by W. Edwards, S. Edwards
Every programme has its 'star'! In the Ann Arbor extensive list of tracking materials, this popular Letter Tracking programme through the years has been outstanding.
Teachers and optometrists tell us that’s because it serves a dual purpose, effectively teaching the alphabet sequence and the visual discrimination of letters while correcting reversals and rotations and instilling the habit of left-to-right progression that is so essential to the skill of reading.
The rationale is simple: The student matches and tracks lower case alphabet letters to improve letter recognition. Practice of following a line of print in left-to-right direction and matching written letters is extensive. In addition the development of two critical eye movement skills (scanning and locating) is helped tremendously by this task. Print size decreases slowly throughout the books. And then there is the timing factor. Youngsters enjoy 'beating' themselves - i.e., shaving a few seconds off their previous recorded time.