| 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.|
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)
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:
- £. 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
- £. 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''
Jolly Phonics. Pub. Jolly Learning.
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.
£. 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.
£. 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.
£. 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''
£. 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.
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.
Initial Code books for beginning readers.
£. Dandelion Launchers: Initial code books for
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.
Workbooks (photocopiable) to
accompany each unit of Launchers:
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