Home » Parents Teaching Reading: pre-school to six

Parents Teaching Reading: pre-school to six

Prof. Pamela Snow’s blog post sets out clearly why it’s often wise for parents and carers to begin teaching their children to read and spell before they begin school:
Dear Parents. Welcome to the confusing world of reading instruction.
”As parents, you buy a lottery ticket when your child starts school”

Recommended book for parents/carers with children age 0-5: 
Growing a reader from birth: Your child’s path from language to literacy. Prof. Diane McGuinness. Pub. Norton. 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.

What NOT to teach: Prof. McGuinness’ one-page outline of research-informed ‘Principles for Teaching Reading’ with the three activities that teachers but also home educating parents should avoid. 

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 oldand those with SEN(D):

Sounds-Write’s FREE online initial/basic English Alphabet Code Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7) practical course (minimal equipment required) for parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising 4-6 yr old child how to read and spell

Sounds-Write’s FREE Help your child to read and write: Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11)
Sounds-Write’s practical online course for parents/carers/homeschoolers.

FREE Initial Code Units 1-7 Activity Book to print – to use with Part 1.

£. Sounds-Write Activity Book for Part 1 (Initial Code Units 1-7)
To use alongside Sounds-Write’s Udemy course part 1.

£ Sounds-Write Activity Book for Part 2 (Initial Code Units 8-11)
To use alongside Sounds-Write’s Udemy course part 2.

Sounds-Write FREE 60 page e-book to download with a selection of Extended/Complex Code games
Each activity has clear instructions so that parents or carers know how to use them.

Spelfabet’s (Australian) free Early phonics and handwriting workbook 1.
Follows the UK’s Letters and Sounds programme** Phase 2 teaching sequence.

£. Spelfabet’s (Australian) Early phonics and handwriting workbook 2.
Follows the UK’s Letters and Sounds programme** Phase 3 teaching sequence.

Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs https://www.phonicsforpupilswithspecialeducationalneeds.com/
£. A linguistic phonics 1-1 programme, published as a series of photocopiable books. Can be used for initial instruction or as an intervention for those with complex SEN(D) ”including non-verbal pupils and those with significant motor skill difficulties (or both)”
Download a free e-booklet for adaptations to enable pupils with complex SEN(D) to access the programme:
£. Extensive range of resources including decodable books for those with complex needs:

£. 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.

£. ABC phonics frieze to print. ”Reinforces basic sounds and letters and prepares pupils for the more complex aspects of phonics for reading and spelling”

Free phonics resources to download and print: includes card games, a basic/initial code ‘movable alphabet’ for word building and Elkonin boxes.

Free to download and print: 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.

FREE Sounds-Write decodable books.
First Steps. 12 initial code stories: sign up with your email for the free pdf e-book versions
Hard copies are available to purchase.

Sounds-Write Initial Code books in Kindle format.
Please use them on a tablet rather than on a phone so the text is big enough for your child to read.
£. 14 decodable stories designed to be used with the free Udemy S-W phonics course Part 1.
£. 10 decodable stories designed to be used with the free Udemy S-W phonics course Part 2.

£. Sounds-Write: Initial Code books for beginning readers.

Phonic Books 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.
£. Workbooks (photocopiable) to accompany each unit of Launchers:

** 2021. The DfE have withdrawn their 2007 Letters and Sounds programme. Schools may use independently-produced versions