Regular readers will know that F is in her first year at school (reception year). Like all other reception children she is learning phonics, in fact, she started last year in preschool. Today I’m sharing one of the resources we have been using at home to support her.
We were sent Read write inc. My reading and writing kit. Early sounds and blending to review. We’ve been using it for about a month now so it seems a good time to tell you all about it. Before she started phonics at preschool I didn’t know much about phonics at all. In many ways, I feel like we are learning phonics with her.
If like me you don’t know much about phonics then this pack will be a good start. It contains a parent handbook, phonics flashcards, a wipe clean letter sheet and pen for practising writing the sounds, wall frieze of all the sounds and a handwriting workbook.
I started by reading the handbook and also watching some videos on their website (find them here in the parent section). There is a great video that includes a 3-year-old clearly pronouncing all the sounds for you which is very useful for parents to learn the correct sounds. I learnt how there are 44 sounds but only 26 letters. This is why phonics helps children learn to read by sounding out the words. After reading the handbook and watching the videos I can really see the benefits of phonics for young children and I felt much more confident to support her learning.
There are many ways to use the flashcards. F loves using them to make up her own games or perhaps she is just showing me things she has done at school. You can find a couple of short tutorial videos over on ruthmiskin.com in the parent’s section to give you ideas how to teach your child new sounds.
We have started using the flashcards to spell out simple words based on books we are reading or based on F’s drawings. For instance, I spelt out sun for her whilst she was using her sun stamp to make a picture.
F has also enjoyed practising writing letter using the wipe-clean sheet and the handwriting workbook. The flashcards are also good for teaching handwriting as on one side is the letter or sound and on the other is the same letter or sound but with a picture incorporated into it. This picture is part of a memorable phrase that aims to help the child learn to write the letter. For example, m is Maisy, Mountain, Mountain.
There are several ways of teaching phonics and F’s school seem to be using a combination of jolly phonics and Read Write Inc. phonics. They seem to be learning the sounds in the jolly phonics order which is different to the order suggested in this pack. They are learning how to write letters using this Read, Write Inc. way. As such I have found this pack to be really useful to help us support F in her learning. I will definitely be taking a look at the follow-on packs in the new year. There is one pack on more sounds and blending and one on becoming a reader.
Disclosure: We were sent this pack free of charge in exchange for a review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.