Is my Child Ready to Start Reading?

Sunday, 29, May, 2016

Learning to read is a marathon, not a sprint and it is best to start this major part of your child's education off on the best foot. Knowing whether or not your child is ready to start their reading journey can help make it smoother and less frustrating for everyone. Before your child learns how to read words they need to be able to recognise all the letters of the alphabet by name and the sound that they make. From learning letters you can progress to blended sounds and simple, short vowel w ....

Learning Phonics at Home

Tuesday, 17, May, 2016

Whether you're homeschooling your child or just helping with homework, knowing about phonics is important for helping your child to read, especially as you need to go right back to the basic building blocks of language. Once your child has the hang of phonics, they will find it much easier to deal with new, more difficult words, even whilst they are reading alone. Much like learning anything, it's always best to start with the basics. For phonics that means starting with the most common and e ....

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 ....