Once children can write simple words, we teach them to ‘hold’ a sentence in their heads and then write it with correct spelling and punctuation.Very soon children are able to write down their own ideas. We try out different sentences together, drawing on new vocabulary and sentence structures. They practise saying their sentences out loud first so they don’t forget their ideas while they’re writing. They also learn to proofread their own writing.
Story and poetry time
Storytime is the highlight of every day. We have a core bank of picture books with props and puppets that children get to know really well, and others we read just for fun. We use Pie Corbet’s Talk 4 Writing
approach (see Newsletter-2) to learn some of these stories by heart and they can act out the stories in the role-play area. Children learn poetry too. We’ve chosen wonderful, memorable poems so children can learn them by heart.
How can you help at home?
First of all, come to our regular meetings. We hold these every term to give you practical advice about how you can help.
We appreciate you’re busy but here are two things that will make the biggest difference to your child’s progress. Every night:
1. Read a bedtime story to your child.
Your child will bring home lovely picture books from their class story corner. Read these stories to
your child – as this book is beyond their current reading stage. The children can browse these books and retell the story in their own words. High-quality picture books develop rich language and familiarity with the narrative arc of stories.
2. Listen to your child read the storybook we send home. Your child will bring home a phonic s
torybook they have just finished reading in their group. They will be able to read this book confidently because they have already read it two or three times. The purpose of re-reading these stories again at home is to develop their fluency and to blend the sounds speedily and fluently. Importantly, we develop reading comprehension skills and response to texts alongside phonic work using both the Read Write Inc.
books and through our high-quality core picture books.
Follow these links to DVD information for Parents:
What is Read Write Inc. Phonics? http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics/
Understanding Phonics http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-information-understanding-phonics/