Learning Logic started in 1995 as a small publishing and educational consultancy company developing literacy materials for teachers and parents. Maureen Pollard, the director, is passionate about helping teachers and parents understand the skills involved in teaching children to read and write. Maureen has a B Educ specializing in Learning Difficulties. It was while working with students, who needed additional support at Tintern Girls Grammar in Ringwood, that she realized that explicit and sequential phonemic awareness and phonics teaching was not happening in every classroom. The teachers changed their approach and the literacy results overall improved enormously. Good teaching using resources from evidence based research benefits all students. However, teachers also need to understand the alphabetic code so that they can teach it!
Maureen has taught in Australia, England, Spain and South Africa and continues to be in touch with what is happening in classrooms. Her expertise has been used extensively to ensure all our publications are practical and are developed from evidence based research. She continues to be invited to work in schools to support them in understanding the important components of a literacy program.
Maureen works as part of the Professional Learning team for Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). She presents workshops for teachers and parents to develop their understanding of literacy learning and to give them hands-on experience using materials and programs to support their teaching.
In 2009 Learning Logic launched a new brand: Little Learners Love Literacy®. The name reflects our mission more explicitly. It is an exciting step forward enabling us to extend our range of literacy resources for children 3 – 6 years. The Little Learners Love Literacy® resources teach children phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle (connection between sounds and letters), segmenting and blending words, handwriting, spelling and reading. Starting children on the road to literacy is exciting and important.
New resources are continually being developed. In 2013 we published our Stage 5 Little Learner books (decodable readers), more Milo's Read and Grab games and Sound Swap. In 2014 we released two new stages for the Little Learner books. Stage 6 focuses on consonant digraphs - ck, sh, ch, th, ng and the new Stage Plus 4 bridges the jump between stages 4 and 5. Our next project is decodable books for the vowel digraphs.
Also, in 2014 we will be publishing a new Milo Activity Book which has been developed from work Maureen did with some Prep students at Fairfield Primary School. It includes decoding of words once the first 6 letters and sounds have been introduced. Handwriitng is important for good spelling and children need to be taught and reminded about the correct formation. This activity book includes handwritng practice.
Learning Logic has always been committed to providing a friendly and excellent personal service to schools and parents. We enjoy the communication and ongoing contact.
Little Learners Love Literacy has a team of expert illustrators, designers, musicians, teachers, parents, and writers to develop ideas and create the highest quality materials. All of our publications have been used with children so we know they work.
Lorraine Lea wrote the stories for Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 of our Little Learners books. She developed the Zan family - Pip and Tim, Sam and Tip. We are delighted that these stories are available for the iPad and iPhone. Lorraine and I taught together at Tintern Grammar School in Ringwood.
Berys Dixon wrote the stories for Stages Plus 4, 5 and 6. She is currently writing Stage 7 which focuses on vowel digraphs and there will be 4 or 5 units in this stage. We all know how notoriously difficult vowels are in reading and spelling so this unit is especially important. Berys also wrote her own books out of desperation for decodable resources for children in her classroom - Pocket Rockets. Her stories always have a little twist at the end which encourages children to keep reading!
Danielle McDonald is our illustrator. Danielle lives in the Southern Tablelands, NSW. Read about Danielle on her blog.
Fiona Antonopoulos is a teacher and trainer for Little Learners Love Literacy. Fiona has taught Little Learners Love Literacy for many years. Her understanding of explicit teaching, engaging children and ensuring success every step of the way, gives her the skills to train others to effectively use Little Learners Love Literacy. Fiona taught at Tintern Girls Grammar where she taught Spalding in the upper years.
Fiona is featured on our Home page in the video demonstrating how to do 'Chitter Chatter Chant' and 'Speed Sounds'.
Sandy Milne developed our Little Learner apps. It is always interesting how one meets people. Sandy and I have an interest in learning Spanish so we have spent many hours together in class. My ears pricked up when Sandy explained in Spanish how he had developed an App called Aussie Audio Slang. Check out Sandy's blog.