Why Use Phonics

Saturday, 07, May, 2016

It's been widely acknowledged that the most effective way of teaching children to read, especially with a language with so many quirks and rules as English, is with the use of phonics; this is basically focusing on the sounds made by the letters instead of the name of the letters and uses 44 basic sounds. This way, children learn to decode a word using sounds instead of spelling, for example, 'cat' is read as 'cah-ahh-tuh' instead of 'see-ay-tee' so if they come across a word that they don't rec ....

Books About Friendship

Monday, 11, Apr, 2016

One of the many fantastic things about reading is that they can help make sense of the world around us so they are the perfect tool for figuring out friendships, which are constantly changing and evolving as children grow up. Here are a few that you can try depending on your child's age and interests to help explain friendship and resolve issues surrounding it. Sharing a Shell. (Julia Donaldson) This fun rhyming story tells the tale of a hermit crab, an anemone and a bristleworm as they l ....

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

Sunday, 27, Mar, 2016

Reading is important in so many areas of education but not all children enjoy reading; they may find reading hard and be feeling discouraged or they might just think that it's not "cool" to be a bookworm. As it is such an important factor of your child's education, it is a good idea to find ways of encouraging them to read as much as possible. A really simple but easy way to pique your child's interest in reading is to let them choose the subject matter, even if that means reading a non-ficti ....