How can I help at home?
Every child will bring home a book to share. This is a book for you to read and enjoy together at home, the children choose their book to share and it will be changed weekly. It is really important to read picture books and anything that interests your children to foster that love of reading and to develop understanding and vocabulary.
When your child is confidently blending, the will begin to bring home Book Bag Books. These books link directly to the Storybook that is being used in school, so your children should be able to confidently read the books to anyone (even a younger sibling or the dog!) as key green and red words will have been taught in school. It is vital to read these books each night to develop comprehension and fluency when reading.
It really helps to be aware of how your child is learning in the classroom - pure sounds rather than letter names, Fred Talk when they are reading words and Fred Fingers when they are spelling words. Encourage your children to discuss their phonics lessons with you and read and discuss their storybook with you at home.
Talk to your children as much as possible, feeding them new and different words. The more words that your children have in their head, the quicker their understanding when they learn to read those words!
Ruth Miskin Parents' Page
Key information about RWI including videos and other resources to support.
Free e-books for home reading. Information and videos about phonics.