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Learning to read

on April 28, 2009

I am pulling together a bunch of things from various sites to help me teach Froglet some phonics. He already knows the alphabet thanks to the wonderful Starfall website, and as he’s started spelling out words to himself while playing, I think now it’s time for the more complicated stuff.
Sound of the week is a great place to start, with a different page for each sound (e.g. /ee/), including a theme to match the sound (e.g. trees), book ideas, rhymes or poems, and art projects. So far we have done the first two sounds off this page: /ck/ and /ee/. Other sites I have been using include the brilliant Phonics, and the BBCs Words and Pictures.

After thinking about it quite a bit, and to-ing and fro-ing between various possibilities, I’ve decided to link the sounds I teach to whatever longer theme I’m currently on, rather than follow the order set out at SOTW or Phonics. And as we’re doing flowers and gardening at the moment, next up are /er/ and /ow/ (as in cow not grow). I have ordered a book about plants, which hasn’t arrived yet, but fortunately we do have a book on weather, which also has the /er/ sound in it, and as it’s particularly rainy at the moment this will be a good place to start tomorrow.

In fact I’ve ordered a whole bunch of books, which may get reviewed on here at some point. They are:
How Flowers Grow (Usborne Beginners)
Summer Nature Activities for Children (by Irmgard Kutsch, I think)
Floppy Phonics (Stage 1+)
Miffy in the Garden
Things that Go (Trace, Stick and Learn)
Stories Jesus Told (by Nick Butterworth/Mick Inkpen)
and several less educational ones for our own entertainment.

Froglet saw me ordering the Miffy book and said that he wanted one too. I said it would have to be with his own money, so he chose Miffy is crying (!) and now owes me 3 pounds. His first book purchase of his very own!


3 responses to “Learning to read

  1. yoongz says:

    Oh looking forward to the reviews – may i ask to borrow the reviews for my book blog if & when i get started on that one?
    Thanks for the links to the other sites – will check them out over the weekend – now busy still apt-hunting.

  2. Oh I meant to say you could have them for your blog!
    I take it the other apartment wasn’t suitable then. 😦

  3. The Werner Family says:

    We have ‘Stories Jesus Told’ and Gracie-girl loves it – ‘reads’ it nearly every night! Her fav is The Lost Sheep. ‘SPLASH!!’

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