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Reading, Reading Strategies / 26.10.2018

Hearing your child read can be a really wonderful experience with them showing you what they have learnt so far. It can also be incredibly frustrating for you both if they are struggling.  In both these cases it can be a really great idea to get actively involved with their reading and even read some parts together.  In this post I will talk you through some great ways that you can support your child's reading and how to get involved in a fun and positive way.   Head to the...

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...

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...

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....

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

There is a lot of reading help online 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.     Reading help online: 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....

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.   Learning to read: 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...

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...

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.   (Head to the bottom of this post to claim your free selection of word and sound cards.)   Phonic sounds and words...

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....

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...