Monday, September 22, 2014

Help Your Little Ones’ Develop with Little Lamb Phonics

Little Lamb Phonics is a poetry based resource that aids the teaching of phonics. It can be used by teachers or parents and is made up of poems that follow the Government document Letters and Sounds. The poems are divided into 3 phases which are available on 3 CD’s and now available via the Little Lamb Phonics app, which currently covers the first CD.

Credit: Magical Moments Photography

The phonic app has been written by Jude Lennon, a former Key Stage One and Early Years teacher with 18 years’ experience. Using her self-penned poems as a starting point, the app encourages children to identify certain sounds within words. Using a mixture of pictures and words it can cater for different abilities.

The app also includes interactive games with ‘Lamby’ as the central character, which ensures the children have fun while learning. It is a great tool to support the teaching of phonics and can be used on mobile or tablet, by parents and children in any setting.

‘I’ve always written poems and stories for children. For many years I felt there was a gap in the market for a fun, child and parent friendly resource to help with the teaching of phonics. Following a conversation with a former colleague, I felt inspired to write some poems that would actually make phonics fun! Having written the poems I tried them out on my class with great success and then with encouragement from family and colleagues, decided to put the resource into production.’

As Jude’s expertise was routed in education, she had no knowledge of running her own business and found starting up challenging. Her partner learned about The Women’s Organisation’s free Accelerating Women's Enterprise programme and shortly after an appointment was arranged to see a business adviser in Allerton Library.

The Women’s Organisation was very supportive and helpful. I found their help with completing the business plan invaluable. Yan offered me lots of encouragement and explained everything to me clearly so I could understand. I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start with my business plan.’

‘It’s because of this excellent business plan that I have been able to approach the Merseyside Special Investment Fund and secure additional funding to make the app a reality. I can’t thank The Women’s Organisation enough for their support.’

Jude is very happy with how her app has been received. Despite only being live 2 months, there has been lots of downloads worldwide including Australia, Russia and Hungary. The next step is to expand the app to feature the next 2 CD’s.

Little Lamb Phonics is doing so well that Jude has now started an offshoot business called ‘Little Lamb Tales’, through which she offers storytelling sessions to schools. So far Little Lamb Tales has reached schools as far as London, Yorkshire, Lancashire and across the North West.

‘I am proud of what I have achieved so far. In just over 6 months I have written and produced a product, written a business plan, secured a loan from the MSIF, launched an app, set up an off-shoot business and I’m still smiling!’

She continued: ‘My advice to anyone looking to start on their own would be to get in touch with The Women’s Organisation and Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF). Ask as many questions as you can and never be afraid to give out your business cards.’

Now self-employed, Jude tackles every day with a new enthusiasm due to her passion and belief in her product. She thrives on getting to decide what is important and what is necessary, and although it is hard work, she finds it incredibly rewarding.

For information about Little Lamb Phonics or Little Lamb Tales visit the website and if you would like to contact Jude directly emal

You can also follow Lamby on social media:
Twitter @lambyphonics

And if you've been considering a change in career or would like to move forward with a hobby you're passionate about, contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 / or vist for more information. 

By Beckie Kinsella

Portrait photo by Magical Moments Photography

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