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Parents Can Teach Reading: Pre-school to Six

Recommended book for parents/carers with children aged 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. 

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. N.B This post is particularly relevant to parents/carers in Australia, N. America, Scotland and Wales. Primary schools in England are now required to provide discrete, systematic phonics lessons, along with using decodable books, from the start of Reception Year.
Dear Parents. Welcome to the confusing world of reading instruction.
”As parents, you buy a lottery ticket when your child starts school”

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 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.

£. 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.

Phonics decodable books (£ / Free)
Suitable to use alongside the Sounds-Write online course for parents – see