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Parents Can Teach Reading: Pre-school to Six

Recommended reading for parents/carers:

– Growing a reader from birth: Your child’s path from language to literacy.
Prof. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton. 2004.
Understanding a child’s emerging language from first babblings to a five-year-old’s mastery of reading – and a useful layperson’s guide to speech development.

– A Parent’s Guide to Phonics: Understanding How to Help your Child with Reading and Spelling.
Ann Sullivan. Pub. DK. 2024.
https://www.dk.com/uk/book/9780241712634-dk-super-phonics-a-parents-guide-to-phonics/
”The book is written using accessible, jargon-free language that is easy to follow and understand.”
It explains how reading and spelling are taught using a high-quality phonics programme.
There is a section on teaching phonics to pupils with special educational needs.

Prof. McGuinness’ one-page outline of research-informed ‘Principles for Teaching Reading‘.
It includes the three activities that teachers but also home-educating parents should avoid. 
https://soundreadingsystem.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/The-Principles-that-Teachers-Need-to-Follow-1.pdf

Why You Should Teach Your Preschooler to Read
https://discover.hubpages.com/family/Why-are-Early-Readers-Better-Readers
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Primarily aimed at parents and carers, this is a collection of high-quality phonics resources suitable for teaching reading and spelling to pre-schoolers -> 6yrs old:

Sounds-Write’s FREE, online phonics Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7) course for parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising 4-6 yr old child how to read and spell. Both parts are compatible with the DfE-validated phonics programmes taught in England’s primary schools since 2021.
https://www.udemy.com/help-your-child-to-read-and-write/
Sounds-Write’s FREE course. Help your child to read and write Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11)
Sounds-Write’s practical, online course for parents/carers/homeschoolers.
https://www.udemy.com/help-your-child-to-read-and-write-part-2/

£. Sounds-Write Activity Book for Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7)
To use alongside Sounds-Write’s Udemy course part 1.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Help-your-child-read-write/dp/1973332744/

£ Sounds-Write Activity Book for Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11)
To use alongside Sounds-Write’s Udemy course part 2.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1980583323/

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 correspondences, with words and sentences for reading and writing.
N.B. Parental/carer supervision is needed when using the app.

Free to download and print: First Phonics Picture Book for pre-schoolers -all 44 sounds covered.
http://www.spelfabet.com.au/materials/first-phonics-picture-book-4/

FREE Phonics decodable books:
First Steps. 12 initial code stories (units 4->). Sign up with your email for the free pdf e-book versions
https://sounds-write.mykajabi.com/offers/KdRNaE2u/checkout
Suitable to use alongside the Sounds-Write online Udemy course for parents – see above.
For initial code stories units 1-3 see http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk/ ‘Launchers’ series.

For more decodable books to use with the Sounds-Write programme:
https://www.dyslexics.org.uk/resources-and-further-reading-phonics-evidence-phonics-resources-and-programmes/