About ILR

How does ILR work?

ILR uses a unique colour and number system to identify the key phonetic sounds in the English language. The English language has numerous and conflicting rules for reading and spelling. Comprising 18 consonant sounds, 22 vowel sounds and 7 diagraph sounds, ILR uses a system of universally recognised colours and numbers, to allow every English sound and word to be 'read'.

Early readers and non-English speakers have immediate access to the correct pronunciation of words, regardless of their complexity.

What is the pace of ILR?

One of the unique features of ILR is the initial, fast-paced delivery of information. All sounds are presented in the © English Phonetic Code, over a short period of time. This intentional, rapid delivery of information ensures every early reader has access to the complete range of sounds. Subsequently, readers can then access skills and resources at their own level and pace.

This approach is likened to a kitchen pantry where ideally, the cupboard is completely stocked with everything needed to prepare meals. Early readers use what is in their 'cupboard' according to their individual skill and confidence levels.

How does ILR fit within the Early Years Learning Framework?

ILR involves short, sharp sessions of intentional, explicit teaching of sounds incorporating fun, hands-on, sensory and motor activities in order to achieve maximum literacy results.

This approach facilitates an increased opportunity for creativity, open-ended investigation and student-driven learning revolving around the classroom literacy experiences. ILR helps develop a learning environment which fosters effective communication and encourages children to be confident and involved learners.

ILR can be easily integrated with all all the components of an early childhood-friendly program filled with rich, real-life and hands-on experiences.

How can parents support their child's ILR journey?

  • Read with your child at every opportunity.
  • Display ILR resources at home for easy reference.
  • Have fun decoding everyday words that you see, together.
  • Discuss alternative spellings of the sounds you read.
  • Have a variety of reading material available: recipes, flyers, instructions, packaging,¬†fiction and non-fiction books.
  • Have fun rhyming together.
  • Celebrate with your child along their reading journey.