Saturday, 13 April 2013

Phonics fun

Small decided it was time he learned to read - he's not quite 4 - so we've been busy practicing with a variety of synthetic phonics books and games.

One of his (any my!) favourite websites is Starfall, which is an American site.  He's had great fun playing on this site since he was 2, and apart from a bit of initial confusion over the letter "Z" (Starfall says "zee" and we say "zed"), he's thoroughly enjoyed the site.  He enjoyed it so much I bought a year's membership, which was about £18, and gives access to the whole site.  You don't need membership for the learning to read section though, as it's all free.

We've had fun learning to read phonics-based stories such as Zac the Rat, Peg the Hen and many more.  We've also used some of the Usborne First Reader books, which are also phonics-based, and the popular Oxford Reading Tree "Biff, Chip and Kipper " series which are used by a lot of primary schools.  The companion website, Oxford Owl, has lots of free e-books to read too.

The wee fella's had a bit of trouble with word endings, such as "an", "et", "am", getting muddled up between his pet and his pat, or his jam and his jet.  To help, I downloaded a free phonics game for him to play.

The object of the exercise is to put the shamrocks with the relevant word ending into the appropriate envelope ...

It took a few attempts, but he eventually got the hang of it and it's helped enormously with word recognition and working out word endings.

You'll need to download all 6 pages to get everything you need; you won't need to bother downloading the first file as it's not actually part of the game.

Have fun!  Until next time. x

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