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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. [embed]https://youtu.be/nMpF2nvEvbM[/embed]...

Challenge Them, Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies, Reviews / 08.11.2018

There is a lot of support online for reading but it can vary dramatically in terms of usefulness, price and relevance.  I have picked a few of the most well-known apps and coordinated reading programs.  Most are designed to provide a range of activities and support that will take your child from the first early sound recognition through each stage of the reading journey. Teach Your Monster to Read This is an engaging app with the simple aim of teaching your monster to read and you along with it. As...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies, Reviews / 06.11.2018

There is a lot of useful information out there about learning to read but it’s often difficult to find or to know how useful it will actually be.  I have found several articles that are aimed at giving information and advice to parents of children who are learning to read. I have listed them here with a short summary of what they cover.   Help Your Child Learn To Read-The BBC This is a basic but very useful article written to introduce the Cbeebies story-time app. The writers talk about the importance...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 04.11.2018

In this video you will learn about 5 alternatives to hearing your child read and how mixing them up can be a powerful tool to get them hooked. The books I mention in this video are: The Monkey With a Bright Blue Bottom by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon Billy's Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. Mix up your normal reading sessions. Read to them.  Read together.  Talk about books or films.  Tell stories. Act out or play a story.  Play memory games with sounds. This is the third video...

Inspire Them, Reading / 02.11.2018

Getting children hooked on books can be a great first step to helping them lose any resistance they have to reading.  There can be many reasons why they are resistant to reading but building up their interest in books is often a great start. In this post I have included ideas that will help you approach reading strategies with a resistant reader without forcing them to read.  I have combined this with ideas that will allow them to see the fun side of reading and build up their interest. If...

Inspire Them, Read Aloud Together, Reading / 31.10.2018

In this video you will learn how reading to your children can be a powerful tool to support their own reading and get them hooked. The book I am reading at the end is: The Monkey With a Bright Blue Bottom by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon. Reading to your children and reading with them forms an important part of their development as a reader. This is great even for older children. This is the second video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading. This video series...

Reading, Reading Strategies / 29.10.2018

Phonic sounds and words: Learning words and sounds forms an important part of the early stages of reading.  This may be words or sounds that your child is struggling to read or words or sounds that a school has sent home for children to learn them by sight. In this post I have included a few ideas that you can use to help your child learn these words and sounds.   Phonic sounds and words 1: Remembering words that come up regularly If your child can sound out and blend a word...

Books Not Bands, Reading / 28.10.2018

In this video you will learn how independent book choice can begin a fulfilling reading journey. Give children the chance to choose their own books.  Having the opportunity to practice this skill will help them to get better at it. This is the first 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. [embed]https://youtu.be/zHdwnuaYK2c[/embed]...

Challenge Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 27.10.2018

How to improve your child's reading comprehension: Here are some simple ideas on how to help your child get more out of the book they are reading.     How to improve your child's reading comprehension 1: Be aware of their own reading Talk to your child about what is happening in the book they are reading.  Guide them to be aware about what they can understand and what they can’t yet understand.  Work with them to find ways to help them understand it. This could be as simple as rereading each sentence clearly...