B.Ed. ’71 University of British Columbia, M. Ed. ‘79, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Brenda taught in the BC public school system for 34 years before retiring in 2006
1½ Years as a Remedial reading Teacher
Vancouver School District.
32 Years as a Learning Assistance Teacher
Vancouver, Langley and Central Okanagan School Districts of B.C.
In her role as Learning Assistance Teacher, she assisted students who struggled with academic learning, often supporting Kindergarten students who hadn't learned their letter sounds. This led her to develop Itchy's Alphabet Program.Our Story
Confirmed to support all learners! Learning letters and sounds is one of the most abstract and confusing things we expect young children to do. Our picture cues in the shape of the letters provide a visual concrete connection to the sound and the formation simultaneously, significantly enhancing learning.
Our program is based on a logical order of presentation using an easy to follow format that provides consistency for student learning. Explicit instructions are given for introducing each letter sound and formation along with many follow-up activities.
Itchy’s Alphabet provides a visual cue for each letter, songs to stimulate the auditory channels and numerous manipulative materials (Hands-On-Vowels, Stickers, Game Cards, Blending Cards, Drill Cards) to provide a kinesthetic connection.
When reviewing the research on embedded picture mnemonics in his best-selling book, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, Dr. David Kilpatrick states, “. . .using pictures in which the letter can be logically or meaningfully embedded appears to be more effective than learning letters by themselves or with nonembedded keyword pictures. . . . One set that proved successful in a research study (DiLorenzo et all, 2011) is called Itchy’s Alphabet.”
Teachers and students have fun practicing the letters and sounds with Itchy’s Alphabet! “We love Itchy” is a common refrain at our display booth at Teacher’s Conventions! Even my Grade 5 and 6 students loved Itchy!
Itchy's Alphabet® phonics program evolved through the thirty four years I worked with children who struggle to learn their letter sounds. These children had been taught the sounds and letter formations in the regular classrooms, using various programs, but had not achieved mastery and were referred for Learning Assistance support.View More Videos
Teachers can introduce each new alphabet letter cue on the SMARTBoard so children see the picture cue, see the letter overlay connection, hear the letter sound and listen to the Itchy’s Alphabet letter song.
This great new app combines our Alphabet Book and Itchy’s Alphabet Songs into one, easy to use application.Buy Now Learn More