Starting Sight Words

Wednesday, 17, Aug, 2016

By the time your child starts school they will know around 4000 to 6000 words and seem to be picking up new words and phrases every day. Whilst they do not need to be reading by themselves when they start reception, it is always a good idea to read together as much as you can and encourage your child to recognise some simple words such as 'to', 'go', 'sat', 'dog', etc. A lot of teachers recommend that you keep reading together for the purpose of learning to read separate from the equally impo ....

Books About Starting School

Tuesday, 09, Aug, 2016

Starting school is a huge event in your child's life and one of the ways you can help your child get emotionally and mentally ready for it is reading stories about starting school. Here are a few to choose from that you can read together at bedtime or during the day. Charlie and Lola; I Am Absolutely Too Small For School. (Lauren Child) The Charlie and Lola TV series and books are really relatable and lifelike with the right amount of whimsical. In this book, Lola is feeling nervous about ....

Keeping the Kids Reading over Summer

Tuesday, 02, Aug, 2016

The summer holidays are a great time of the year for spending family time together and for children to have a break before they start a new academic year but it can also mean a few important skills get rusty, especially with literacy. Like everything, practice makes perfect and keeping reading up over summer will help your children be ready for the new term and new challenges so here are some ideas to keep the cogs turning over the summer holidays- Try a reading challenge- Sites like Pinteres ....