| Prof. Pamela Snow's blog
post sets out clearly why it's often a wise for parents and carers to begin
teaching their children to read and spell before they begin school:|
Parents. Welcome to the confusing world of reading instruction.
''As parents, you buy
a lottery ticket when your child starts school''
Recommended book 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
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/
Primarily aimed at parents and carers, this is a collection of
high quality synthetic / linguistic phonics resources
suitable for teaching reading and
spelling to pre-schoolers up to about 6yrs.old.
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
- £ Help your child to read and write:
(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)
To use alongside Sounds-Write's Udemy course part 1.
£ Sounds-Write Activity Book for Part 2 (Initial Code Units
To use alongside Sounds-Write's Udemy course part 2.
Spelfabet's (Australian) free early
phonics and handwriting workbook 1. Follows the UK's Letters and Sounds
programme Phase 2
teaching sequence. PDF to download, colour printer needed.
- £ Spelfabet's (Australian) cheap, printable, 101-page colour early
phonics and handwriting workbook 2. Follows the UK's Letters and Sounds
programme Phase 3 teaching sequence. PDF to download, colour printer needed.
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 . Straightforward to use and suitable for nursery/pre-school.
£. 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.
Please use on a tablet rather than on a phone
so the text is big enough for your child to read.
£. 14 decodable stories designed to be used with the
free Udemy S-W phonics course Part 1.
£. 10 decodable stories designed to be used with the Udemy S-W phonics course Part
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: