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Introduction to script

The Devnagari Script used for writing Marathi is an alpha-syllabic script. Most of the time the individual letters ( Aksharas)  of the alphabet( Varnamala)  function as syllables but they may occasionally  function as phonemes . Barring a few exceptions, each Akshra is associated with one unique vowel or consonant sound. The abbreviated vowel signs ( Matras) , added to the basic letters to write different syllables in the word are unique signs that make the spelling system of Marathi fairly regular. Lipi considers these strengths of the script while designing the literacy instruction. Moreover Lipi recognizes the skills of decoding and encoding individual letters of the alphabet to be critical, but not sufficient for literacy development, as a standalone skill. 
 
In Lipi we have systematically developed 16 units programme (Maze Pustak) for acquiring mastery on the encoding and decoding skills that goes hand in hand with meaning making and expression. The first six units focus on the introduction to the code of Deonagari script while the later ten units focus on consolidation of newly acquired skill of conventional reading and writing. In each of the first six units around 8 to 10  Aksharas and  a few Matras are introduced using a set procedure. These Aksharas are chosen in such a way that the child is able to decode many commonly used words and sentences in Marathi. Thus the child does not need to master the entire code to start decoding for meaning. As the child progresses through the units they start reading increasingly complex and longer discourses and they have a fair command on reading before they really learn the last letter of the alphabet.