Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Reading and Writing.

Reading.
Are you taking the time to review the sight words?

I will be testing next week to see who is ready for their third set. Mastery of these sight words is very important to reading progression.  I would like to see that all children know these words (and more) before  the end of the year.

Set One.
at
in
it
on
and

Set Two
a
I
from
with
this

Set Three
that
for
is
his
as

Set Four
was
to
be
he
of

Set Five
have
are
the
they
you

Remember.  Do not move on to the next set until the mastery of the given set has been shown by the instant recognition of the word.

Once your child can read them all..... begin to write them!

Are you reading your home reader at least twice in the time that you have it?
Are you still reading stories to your child each night?

Writing.

All children are beginning to take off with their writing.
You can help by supporting them with their first efforts at writing.  Ask your child to speak the sentence that they wish to write before they begin writing.  This is very important. They must be able to organise their thoughts and construct a meaningful sentence orally before it will happen in the written form. Do not spell the word out for your child.  Ask your child to say the word and identify the sounds that they can hear.  If they write little as litl then they have done really well. Give praise. As they gain confidence and learn how to write the graphemes for the phonemes they hear, then we will expect 100% accuracy. It is important at this very early stage of writing to encourage the children to have ago and take risks.  We need them to feel confident about writing... not so scared of making a mistake that they wont try.

Are you still reviewing the alphabet sounds? Can your child write all the letters quickly and easily?
If you notice there is a letter that your child often forgets the formation for, or forms incorrectly, then take a few minutes each day to practise it. Play games.  Call out 5 different letters.  If they write each of the five in correct lowercase formation they win a sticker.
Get out the timer.  Can they write their 5 letters faster each day?  Make it fun...  Not too serious.  It is a good way to get our competitive ones writing confidently.

The iPad app.  rED is great for encouraging correct formations.  Make sure that you select the Victorian Modern Cursive font.

Hearing

Hearing is imperative to the development of phonemic awareness which is the base line building block to reading and writing.
If you suspect that your child is not hearing well then please take them to your GP for a check up.

Fine motor skills.

Make sure that your child is manipulating objects that encourage the use of the muscles in their hands and arms.  Lego, playdough and mobilo are great for this. Screwing nuts onto bolts, using tongs to pick up things and doing lots of drawings are great too.
iPads do not count as fine motor activities.

Always insist that your child uses the correct tripod pencil grip.