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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, 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...

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...

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...

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...

Books Not Bands, Reading / 30.07.2018

A guest post by Michael Tingey primary school teacher, deputy head and dad of 2. I’m not sure I have ever come across a toddler that doesn’t love books. They thrive under the positive attention they get from sitting and hearing stories with loved ones. These experiences provide them with moments of calm, times of great entertainment and opportunities to learn. Yet, from my experience as a key stage 2 teacher, contrasting views towards reading are sadly quite prevalent. When teaching Y6s, I know of many children, particularly boys, that can...

Books Not Bands, Reading / 30.07.2018

A guest post by Sharon Turner primary school teacher and Mum of 3. Over the years, I have always encouraged my children to read wherever possible. I have read to them, I have taken them to the library and bookshops to marvel at what is on offer, we have dressed up and acted out our favourite stories. I have listened to them read from the early, faltering first steps, to listening to them blossom in confidence and read with expression and feeling.   The Right Choice It wasn’t until I became a...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 29.07.2018

Reading activities at home: Here are six quick and easy strategies that you can you use to help your child apply their reading skills. Most of these have been suggested by my mum, a very experienced Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) teacher, who also had the challenge of a son who took to reading a bit later than most.  (Yes that's me!) Several of these activities may seem to have more of a writing focus.  This is because in many cases reading and writing are...