Thank you to those who joined the Springboard workshop on developing your child’s reading ability. Included below is a summary of the key points covered, for you to put some of the techniques into action. For those who did not make it, we hope these top tips will prove useful for you also.
1. Remember to use the sounds of the letters (phonemes) and not the names of the letters when helping with reading, e.g. f-l-o-p.
2. Make time to listen to your child talking and ensure you make eye contact; you will see the excitement building or maybe you’ll see confusion and know you have to take your story slower.
3. Reading aloud instantly creates a sense of wonder at the world, develops children’s vocabulary and is an opportunity to increase their willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings.
4. Encourage expression when reading and use gestures freely, the more animated you can be, the more interesting a story is for young children.
5. Encourage them to make up their own stories whilst you write them down.
6. Point out phonemes and words for children to read in the home and outdoor environment e.g. back of the cereal packet, on the underground.
7. Words that cannot be sounded out, e.g. said, could, some, should be taught as whole words.
8. Play games like ‘I spy’ or ‘Simon Says’ but use the phonemes instead of the letters
For more information on understanding the Phonics Screening Check click here