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Reading Strategies / 20.01.2019

What is the year 1 phonics screening check? The year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment administered by schools to ensure that children are able to decode words to the appropriate standard. Decoding is the reading of a word using only the knowledge of the sounds written down with no clues from other words or pictures. Each child takes the test individually in the presence of one or more adults. They are asked to read 40 words from an A4 booklet. The words are in large print with...

Reading Strategies / 04.12.2018

What is Phonics? Phonics is a reading system which teaches children to break words into sounds. The sounds can then be said together to form a whole word. During phonics lessons children learn sounds, look at how they are written down and practice methods to help them read. Because not all words follow the same spelling and reading rules children also learn some whole words and talk about the differences and similarities they find between words.   Head to the bottom of this post for your free printable word and sound...

Inspire Them / 27.11.2018

This post contains affiliate links. For even more great new picture books head to the bottom of this post. I have selected some wonderful books to add to your bookshelves and enrich your lives.  Each of these books taught my children and I so much about so many amazing women and how they impacted our lives and the world around us.  All of these titles are equally of value and interest to boys and girls.   Each title hear tells the story of inspirational women.  Some are names you will recognise and...

Inspire Them, Read Aloud Together / 21.11.2018

This post contains affiliate links. For even more great new picture books head to the bottom of this post. Giving a picture book to a child can be a wonderful gift for them.  If you give them one of these picture books it will be a gift for the whole family!   These are four books that I have selected from my list of the best 30 new books this year.  All four of them are astonishingly beautiful in their own unique way.   With the advance of technology you would be forgiven for...

Reading Strategies / 19.11.2018

Book bands can be useful but they shouldn't restrict your choice   (Head to the bottom of this post to find your free Choosing a Book Cheat Sheet!) Choosing the right book can be a minefield particularly if you want to provide your child with books at the correct level based on what they read in school.   School books and books for children who are learning to read are usually designed to focus on certain words or sounds to make the process easier. These books are then grouped into bands, groups or...

Inspire Them, Read by Example, Reading / 18.11.2018

In this video you will learn how focusing on yourself can be a great way to increase your child's interest in reading.     Be a reader yourself! Enjoy some books and talk about them.  Go to the library and get a book for yourself. This is the fourth video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading.  This video series will tell you everything you need to know to get your child hooked on reading....

Challenge Them, Reading / 16.11.2018

Once your child has developed their reading to a stage when they are reading fairly fluently they need to work on developing expression.  In this post I will take you through the stages and strategies that will allow them to develop their expressive reading skills.       How to Develop Expression When Reading: Understanding what they are reading   First we need to understand what is meant by expression.  Expression is another means by which a reader can convey the events and actions occurring in the text.  In order to do this the reader must have a clear...

Challenge Them, Reading / 14.11.2018

As your child progresses with their reading you may find that they begin to get through books quickly.  It can be really hard, in this situation, to know how to support them to continue their learning journey.  The really important thing to remember is that the goal of reading is not just to be able to read fluently but to understand fully what is being read. There are many aspects to this understanding and all are taught and assessed in schools.   How to challenge your bookworm 1: Try this with...

Reading, Reading Strategies / 12.11.2018

Teaching your child to read can be a daunting prospect. Whether they are home schooled or at school there may be times when you need to introduce a reading strategy, word or sound.   For some quick reading strategies visit my useful tips for hearing your child read post.    There are also lots of wonderful reading programs and apps that can make this process a lot easier or add another level to your own teaching.   If you're unsure of what or how to teach your child you will find all my...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 10.11.2018

In this video you will learn how focusing on talk and conversation can be a great way to increase your child's interest in reading.     Talk about books. Discuss what happened and what could happen if the story carried on. A visit to the cinema can also inspire this kind of talk. This is the fifth video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading.  This video series will tell you everything you need to know to get your child hooked on reading....