Literacy – Reading and Writing
Sharing stories with your child is such a lovely thing to do and I would recommend continuing with reading and sharing picture books with them daily. If you wanted them to continue with reading books that they may get in school there are lots of free eBooks on many websites, here are the links I have found:
How to read with your child
Take a look at Oxford Owl for Home where we now have 14 free Read Write Inc. eBooks (click on the ‘eBooks’ link underneath ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics Guide for Parents’), plus lots of guidance for parents and carers:
Epic is offering free 30 day trial to lots of ebooks:
Audible stories are offering free audiobooks at the moment – these are great for playing to your child at bedtime instead of watching TV (they are a life saver in my house):
This week in literacy we were reading ‘The Tiger who came to tea’. If you don’t have a copy of the book here is a link to a video of the story:
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been reading the story and retelling it using actions. We have sequenced the pictures of the story and talked about the beginning, middle and end.
This week I have attached sheets for your child to have a go of writing the beginning, middle and end of the story. In school we would have completed one each day and had lots of discussion about what we were going to write. With the children I would have then modelled writing the beginning/middle/end of the story before sending them off to write their own.
Before they begin writing, we remind our children to use capital letters at the beginning of each sentence and full stops at the end. We are encouraging the children to add conjunctions such as ‘and’ and ‘but’ to some sentences (if they can). We are also asking children to use an exclamation mark when they feel their sentence needs one.
Before your child writes anything encourage him/her to think of a sentence. They then say their sentence over and over until they remember it. When they have written their sentence ask them to re-read it to check it makes sense. Your child may need help to sound out individual words or remember which word came next in their sentence.
Please don’t get hung up over spellings let them have a go at making phonetically plausible attempts for example they may spell ‘tea’ as ‘tee’ they may spell ‘cupboard’ as ‘cubord’. You could provide your child with the word mat attached if you felt it would help them to spell trickier words.
If they felt like they wanted a challenge they could have a go of re-writing the story (book was in pack). If you didn’t get a pack then they could make their own mini book using paper.