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THE WORLD IS IN YOUR HANDS

WHEN YOU CAN READ

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Parents often ask us how they can help their child become more literate, and look for guidance from us to help them augment their child’s literacy education at home. These resources will help you reinforce the development of sound reading skills, and complement the tuition they receive at our I Can Read centres.

LITERACY GUIDE #1 : DEVELOPING PHONEMIC AWARENESS


A young child must develop phonemic awareness to become a good reader. This means understanding that spoken words are made up of little, single sounds, which are called phonemes.

LITERACY GUIDE #2 : PHONOLOGICAL GAMES


Following on from Guide #1, we explore the use of simple word games to help your child discriminate between spoken sounds.

LITERACY GUIDE #3 : RHYME TIME


Rhyme helps children to understand that language has not just meaning and message, but also form, because some words have the same ending sounds.

Five Little Ducks rhyme

LITERACY GUIDE #4 : FIVE LITTLE DUCKS


If you’ve worked on developing your child’s sensitivity to rhyming words in Literacy Guide #3, this guide will help you move to the next level.

Reading Resources - Beginning with Sentences

LITERACY GUIDE #5 : BEGINNING WITH SENTENCES


In this guide, we introduce your child to the notion of sentences.

Begin by telling your child that a sentence is like a very short story. Just like a real story, a sentence has to tell you something, and has to name who or what it is telling about.

Literacy Guide #6 I Can Read

LITERACY GUIDE #6 : DEVELOPING SENTENCE AWARENESS


Following our introduction to sentences in our last guide, let’s take a closer look at the idea that sentences are strings of words and that words can be counted.

PICURES & SOUNDS

LITERACY GUIDE #7 : PICTURES & SOUNDS PART 1


In this guide we will explore connecting pictures with sounds.

Literacy Guide #8

LITERACY GUIDE #8 : PICTURES & SOUNDS PART 2


In Guide #7 you gathered a selection of pictures of objects beginning with the sound /s/, such as snake, star, sun and slide, and the sound /m/, such as man, mouse, monkey and moon.

I CAN READ Literacy Guide #9 Decoding Words

LITERACY GUIDE #9 : DECODING WORDS


The activities in this guide are pre-phonics and important to increase your child’s phonemic awareness. Play this game verbally, using it not only as a means to increase phonemic sensitivity, but as a vocabulary builder as well.

Phonemic Foundations literacy guide #10

LITERACY GUIDE #10 : PHONEMIC FOUNDATIONS


We are at a point in our literacy guides where your child has learnt something about sentences and syllables and more importantly, a lot about phonemes. These tips won’t guarantee that your child develops instant reading skills, but they will lay the foundations of reading independence. This month we explore how children who are still struggling with phonemes can be helped.

Spelling Habits Literacy Guide

LITERACY GUIDE #11 : SPELLING HABITS


Now that your child has a good grasp of phonemes, we can begin helping to prepare him or her for reading, by challenging them to work with sounds, and to ignore spelling habits. Spelling habits require your child to remember the visual sequence, but reading is the ability to decode the letter sequence using the sound sequence. With this guide, you’ll be able to judge how your child fares in the reading stakes.

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