Sentier de l’alphabet (the alphabet trail)
“Le Sentier de l’alphabet” is a remedial intervention program to support grade one students at risk during the early steps toward literacy. It builds on the foundation laid by programs for all students, like La forêt de l’alphabet.
“Le Sentier de l’alphabet” was designed and validated by a team of researchers at the University of Québec in Montréal, through government-funded research projects carried out in schools.
The play activities were designed to be conducted by a special education teacher four times per week with small groups of four to five students. In order to be optimally effective, “Le Sentier de l’alphabet” should build on a level 1 intervention provided by the teacher to all students in the class, with all the features of this level of intervention.
This program is primarily designed to promote the understanding the alphabetic principle (names and sounds of the letters) and the development of phonemic awareness (sounds of spoken words).