| 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:
- 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.
Debbie Hepplewhite also provides a comprehensive online
synthetic phonics training course -suitable for parents and teachers:
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:
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.
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.
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''
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.
Phonics decodable books:
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.
Workbooks (photocopiable) to
accompany each unit of Launchers:
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.