You will have noticed your child will be bringing a sharing book home from school each week. This is a book for you to share together at home. We will aim to change this book weekly however don't be put off reading the same book more than once. Children love to join in with stories and the only way they can do that is to hear it lots of times. Once they have heard it a few times see if they can tell you the story in their own words using the pictures.
The reception aged children will also be receiving a reading book each week. This is a book appropriate to their phonic knowledge. Initially this starts as a book without words. These are brilliant to promote discussion so encourage your child to become the story teller and add lots of detail. Once your child knows the majority of their sounds they will be introduced to books with words. The children will need to sound out the letters and blend the sounds to read the word. If you need any advice on how best to support with this at home refer to the videos below or come and see a member of the Early Years team. As the children begin to recognise more words on sight the books they receive will become more challenging.
We ask that you read the book as many times as possible at home. This will help your child to develop their fluency, recognise words at speed and gain a better understanding of the book. I know sometimes getting children to read at home can be a challenge. Sometimes offering to just read a couple of pages, or taking it in turns to read a page each helps to encourage them. Please remember to fill in the yellow diary so we know you have read. If you don't manage to read the whole book just note the page numbers so we know where to continue from at school.
Last week we were lucky enough to have a Read, Write Inc consultant visit our school to provide training and advice. After a valuable discussion, we have decided to continue teaching letter formation in the printed form as research shows this is most beneficial at this stage in development. As the children begin to show good fine motor control and the correct printed formation, we will introduce the entry and exit stroke, also known as pre-cursive letters. This will be the ‘stepping stones’ towards joined handwriting. I know this is different to the information and handouts shared at the ‘meet the teacher’ sessions but as a team we feel this is the best approach for the children at our school. I have included a copy of the printed letter shapes in the front of your child’s homework book.
If you have any questions or want advice on how to help at home please come and see me,