English in year 1 is all about learning to read and write. There are lots of things you can do at home to help your child develop these skills but don’t forget that the most important thing you can do is help them develop a real love of reading that lasts a whole lifetime.
Here are my top 5 tips:
Tip 1: Have a routine -Make playing with words and reading together part of your daily routine. Just before bedtime is an ideal time to read together.
Tip 2: Read everything around you – Point out words around you on signs, posters and food packets. Use sticky notes to label things around your home and leave her notes in her lunch-box. Keep magnetic letters on the fridge.
Tip 3: Help with reading– If your child gets stuck when reading, before you tell them the word, encourage them to:
• look at the letters they recognises, say the sounds the letters make and blend them together
• look at the first letter of the word and to use the picture on the page as a clue
• think about what’s going on in the story, re-read the previous line, look at the picture, look at the word, and
think about what might happen next
• skip the word and and tell her it’s fine to come back to it later
Tip 4: Encourage writing–Encourage your child to write for real purposes like shopping lists, birthday cards and thank-you letters. Be a good role model and show that you enjoy reading and writing too.
Tip 5: Brush up on your phonic skills – Make sure that you’re not confusing your daughter by mispronouncing phonemes
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