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Teaching Your Child To Recognise Letters.

Hello readers,

I hope you are all well. Reading is a big subject between parents. Reading is everywhere in our lives from childhood to adulthood to working life. For your child to be able to read , they have to be able to recognise the letters of the alphabet. All children develop at different rates, it is importsnt you do not compare your child to others. Some may pick up sight seeing letters quickly where some may need that little extra help. Remember to always praise your child after everything they do. Here are some helpful tips on teaching your child to recognise letters using phonics sounds.

1. Phonics letter cards. Not all children will enjoy this but there are ways to make this fun. Start by going through the pack and pointing out the letters and repeating the letter to your child. Repeat each letter 5 times and get your child to do this yo before moving onto the next letter. Praise your child each time they do this correctly.

2. Letter of the week. Focus on one letter a week. Find items around the home beginning with your letter of the week. For example if your chosen letter is B point to the bed and say b ..b..bed , bed .... find a biscuit and point saying b...b... biscuit , biscuit ensuring you emphasise the first letter. It is important your child learns the sounds that words begin with. Try and introduce items your child enjoys.

3.  Teach your child the letters in their name. A fun way to do this is by using magnetic letters and placing them on your fridge. If you have 2 sets, spell out yout childs name first and allow them to find the letters and copy what you have wrote. Sound out the letters pointing to each one and encourage your child to do the same.

4 . Make reading fun. Let your child pick their favourite story and act this out togehter. You can make this as fun as you like by using puppets and prompts. Use lots of different voices and go as silly as you wish. Put emphasis on the beginning of some words such as bang b...b...bang.

5. Bath foam letters. Add these to your childs bath time routine. Encourage your child to say what letter is what and ask them what can they think of beginning with the letter. Tell them a letter and ask them to give it to you.

These will encourage your child to read letters and begin the steps to reading.

Happy Learning

Love Mamma x


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