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Step by step video tutorials

posted 27 Sep 2010, 09:28 by Alan Oakley   [ updated 4 Aug 2011, 13:24 ]
Mona has had a few books published over the years that delve in to her method. Any one of these can be used to arm a parent/teacher with the skills to easily teach a child to read. Unfortunately there are restrictive publisher copyrights on these that make the reproduction of them problematic. Reproducing her books on this site with text extracts is not going to happen until these hurdles can be overcome.

Fortunately however a solution presented itself while constructing this site - video lessons !

Sometime around 1992 Mona made a video version of Step By Step to which she holds the copyright. Its existence was something I was completely unaware of. Split in to an introduction with 16 lessons the video is essentially a moving image version of Step by Step. It gives a unique insight in to her phonics programme with Mona as the principal presenter and teacher. Wishing to have her work preserved for future generations we hit upon the idea of sharing the videos on the Internet Archive site. Each video is released with a Creative Commons Licence that allows and other interested parties to share and redistribute.
The timing of this was significant for the site as there are slight variations in her published work.Deciding on which book to align the sites content to was proving tricky as I wanted a user to easily jump between any of Mona's published work and the site.The DVDs present a very unique solution to the problem. We therefore hit upon the idea of taking each video lesson and  building the sites content and pages around each one.