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Teaching reading to pre-schoolers.
 
A collection of resources for teaching reading and spelling to pre-schoolers. All will fit well with the synthetic phonics approach used in England's primary schools.

Phonics International pre-school resources: http://www.phonicsinternationalpreschool.com/
- Early Years Starter Package: Resources for children aged 3-5, for pre-school settings and parents who want to make an early start with synthetic phonics.
- Teeny Reading Seeds: Resources for approximately 3-4 yr.olds as they begin to make links between speech sounds and the 26 alphabet letters - both upper and lower case.
Debbie Hepplewhite also provides a comprehensive online synthetic phonics training course -suitable for parents and teachers: https://phonicstrainingonline.com/

Jolly Phonics. Pub. Jolly Learning. http://jollylearning.co.uk/
Synthetic phonics programme (unscripted) and resources based around The Phonics Handbook - N.B. the handbook covers a Basic Code. Straightforward to use and suitable for nursery/pre-school -> 6yrs max.

Jolly Phonics Songs on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGpsVmWLRFA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjKq8s8154s&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFNWdqtqw44&feature=related

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id769196201?mt=8&affId=1736887
App for iPad. Sounds-Write's Linguistic Phonics Initial / Basic Code app. 1st three units are free. ''This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing and some sentences reading and writing''. N.B. Parental or teacher/tutor supervision needed when using the app.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/abc-pocketphonics-letter-sounds/id299342927?mt=8
App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Pocket Phonics. ''Aimed at preschool kids and older children up to 7, PocketPhonics uses animated graphics, sound and touch'' to teach synthetic phonics. Free trial 'lite' version available.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jolly-phonics-letter-sounds/id897894552?mt=8
App for iPhone and iPad. Jolly Phonics ''animated app enables your child to learn the letter sounds (including digraphs), letter formation, blending the sounds for reading and identifying letter sounds in words for spelling and writing''

http://www.oaktreedesigns.co.uk/wildlife-frieze.html
Oaktree Designs set of 3 beautifully illustrated phonics wildlife friezes: ''The name of each creature is written at the top in black and the graphemes which combine to make the word are along the bottom''

Free download (colour printer needed) First Phonics Picture Book for pre-schoolers -all 44 sounds covered.
http://www.spelfabet.com.au/materials/first-phonics-picture-book-4/

Phonics decodable books:
www.phonicbooks.co.uk/
Dandelion Launchers: first texts for beginners at Foundation stage -start at cvc level.
Launchers Units 1-7 are now available as interactive e-Books that can be downloaded onto the iPad or iPhone. Unit 1 is free to download.
http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/ibooks.php
Workbooks (photocopiable) to accompany each unit of Launchers: http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/resources-beginner-readers-ages-3-6/

Recommended book: Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton.
A parent and layperson's guide to speech development: understanding a child's emerging language from first babblings to a five year old's mastery of reading.

Don't teach the alphabet letter names- ay, bee, see, dee..etc. to beginning readers. Letter name learning is seriously detrimental to the teaching of early reading and spelling as it forces children to translate from letter name to sound, impeding instant recall of the sound-letter correspondences. Letter names also focus children's attention on the syllable unit of sound, rather than the phoneme, impeding their understanding of the alphabetic principle.