Decoding Vowels

The vowels are ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘u’ and sometimes ‘y’ acts as a vowel (‘y’ acts as a vowel when it sounds like a vowel – sunny, sky, pyramid).  A short vowel is the basic common sound given to each of the vowels: /a/-apple, /e/-egg, /i/-insect, /o/-octopus, /u/-umbrella. However, each of these letters can also […]

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Help! My Child Can’t Read!

When your child is struggling with reading and spelling it is difficult to know which of the myriad of programs that are available would be the most beneficial. To help make this decision, I believe it is worthwhile looking at the research and using this as the starting point. The first question you need to […]

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Developing a Love of Writing

Writing is an integral part of our life, so it is an important skill for our children to develop       Writing Tips Help your children to write thank you letters every time they receive a present or are invited to stay overnight with a friend or relative. Encourage your children to write birthday […]

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Learning ‘Sight Words’

Firstly and most importantly, there is no such thing as a sight word.  The term ‘sight words’ is frequently confused with ‘high frequency words’.   High frequency words are the words which most commonly occur in print (e.g, was, here, they).  A sight word is one that can be rapidly and automatically recognised and the reality […]

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Spelling Games

Detective Have the child’s list of spelling words in front of you both.  Take it in turns to choose a word from the list and give clues regarding the spelling of the word. These clues can be based on the graphemes used in the words, the syllables, vowels, or applicable rules. Each person can have […]

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