| Primarily aimed at parents and carers, this is 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.|
FREE, online initial / basic English Alphabet Code
Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7) practical course for parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising
4-6 yr old child how to read and spell
- £ NEW. Help your child to read and write:
Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11) the follow-up to Sounds-Write's
practical online course for parents/carers/homeschoolers.
- £ Sounds-Write activity book for Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7)
and carers can now support their child learning to read and write at home
How to say the
sounds of the Initial / Basic Code accurately -spoken by children at St Thomas
Aquinas Catholic Primary School. Note how to say /y/ and /w/.
Phonics International pre-school resources:
- £. 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
- £. 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.
- £. ''Phonics and Talk Time: Two
books (consumables) ''to introduce the pre-school child (3+ years) to the upper
and lower case letter shapes of the alphabet linked to their smallest sounds of
speech (phonemes). The letter-sound links are then used to introduce early
reading, spelling and handwriting''
Jolly Phonics. Pub. Jolly Learning.
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: Free.
£. App for iPad only. 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/carer supervision needed when using the app.
£. Oaktree Designs.
Set of 3 phonics wildlife friezes: ''Subliminal learning, stunning illustrations
and colour-coded graphemes''
Free download (colour printer needed) First Phonics Picture Book for
pre-schoolers -all 44 sounds covered.
Phonics decodable books:
Suitable to use alongside the
Sounds-Write online course for parents - see above.
£. Sounds-Write Initial Code books in Kindle format. 14 decodable stories for
young children learning to read. Please use on a tablet rather than on a phone
so the text is big enough for your child to read. Designed to be used with the
free Udemy phonics course Part 1.
Initial Code books for beginning readers.
£. Dandelion Launchers: Initial code books for
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.
Workbooks (photocopiable) to
accompany each unit of Launchers:
Recommended reading for parents/carers with children age 0-5: 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.
What NOT to do: Prof.McGuinness' one page outline of
research informed Principles for Teaching Reading with the three activities that
teachers, but also home educating parents, should avoid