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Teaching reading and spelling to pre-schoolers.
 
Primarily aimed at parents and carers, this is a collection of resources for teaching reading and spelling to pre-schoolers. All will fit well with the synthetic phonics approach used in England's primary schools.

NEW. Sounds-Write's FREE, online initial/basic English Alphabet Code (part 1) practical course for parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising 4-6 yr old child how to read and spell (part 2 coming soon)
https://www.udemy.com/help-your-child-to-read-and-write/learn/v4/overview

http://www.st-thomasaquinas.co.uk/sounds-write/
How to say the sounds of the Initial/Basic Code accurately -spoken by children at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School. Note how to say <y> and <w>.

Phonics International pre-school resources: http://www.phonicsinternationalpreschool.com/
- . Early Years Starter Package: Resources for children aged 3-5, for pre-school settings and parents who want to make an early start with synthetic phonics.
- . Teeny Reading Seeds: Resources for approximately 3-4 yr.olds as they begin to make links between speech sounds and the 26 alphabet letters - both upper and lower case.
NEW. . ''Phonics and Talk Time: Two books (consumables) ''to introduce the pre-school child (3+ years) to the upper and lower case letter shapes of the alphabet linked to their smallest sounds of speech (phonemes). The letter-sound links are then used to introduce early reading, spelling and handwriting''
https://phonicsintervention.org/nursery-books/

Jolly Phonics. Pub. Jolly Learning. http://jollylearning.co.uk/
- . Synthetic phonics programme (unscripted) and resources based around The Phonics Handbook - N.B. the handbook covers a Basic Code. Straightforward to use and suitable for nursery/pre-school -> 6yrs max.

Jolly Phonics Songs on YouTube: Free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGpsVmWLRFA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjKq8s8154s&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFNWdqtqw44&feature=related

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id769196201?mt=8&affId=1736887
. App for iPad only. Sounds-Write's Linguistic Phonics Initial / Basic Code app. 1st three units are free. ''This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing and some sentences reading and writing''. N.B. Parental/carer supervision needed when using the app.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/abc-pocketphonics-letter-sounds/id299342927?mt=8
. App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Pocket Phonics. ''Aimed at preschool kids and older children up to 7. PocketPhonics uses animated graphics, sound and touch'' to teach synthetic phonics. Free trial 'lite' version available.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jolly-phonics-letter-sounds/id897894552?mt=8
. App for iPhone and iPad. Jolly Phonics ''animated app enables your child to learn the letter sounds (including digraphs), letter formation, blending the sounds for reading and identifying letter sounds in words for spelling and writing''

http://www.oaktreedesigns.co.uk/wildlife-frieze.html
. Oaktree Designs. Set of 3 phonics wildlife friezes: ''Subliminal learning, stunning illustrations and colour-coded graphemes''

Free download (colour printer needed) First Phonics Picture Book for pre-schoolers -all 44 sounds covered.
http://www.spelfabet.com.au/materials/first-phonics-picture-book-4/

Phonics decodable books: suitable to use alongside the Sounds-Write online course for parents - see above.

. Sounds-Write Initial Code books in Kindle format. 14 decodable stories for young children learning to read. Please use on a tablet rather than on a phone so the text is big enough for your child to read. Designed to be used with the free Udemy phonics course part 1.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phonic-stories-read-home-Sounds-Write-ebook/dp/B076DFK39N/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509898770&sr=1-14&keywords=sounds+write#reader_B076DFK39N

. Sounds-Write Initial Code books for beginning readers.
http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/page-77-initial-code-books-for-beginning-readers-yr-onwards-catch-up-.aspx

www.phonicbooks.co.uk/
. Dandelion Launchers: Initial code books for beginning readers. 
Launchers Units 1-7 are now available as interactive e-Books that can be downloaded onto the iPad or iPhone. Unit 1 is free to download.
http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/ibooks.php
Workbooks (photocopiable) to accompany each unit of Launchers:
http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/resources-beginner-readers-ages-3-6/

Recommended reading for parents/carers with children age 0-5: Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton. A parent and layperson's guide to speech development: understanding a child's emerging language from first babblings to a five year old's mastery of reading.

What NOT to do: Prof.McGuinness' one page outline of research informed Principles for Teaching Reading includes three activities that teachers, but also home educating parents, should avoid 
http://www.soundreadingsystem.co.uk/wp-content/themes/enfold/pdf/The%20Principles%20that%20Teachers%20Need%20to%20Follow.pdf