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Learning to Read: Phonics (With Free Printable Flashcards)...

I think the research is now pretty conclusive: phonics is the best way for a child to learn to read. I learnt to read at a time when phonics was out of fashion. I was sent home with a box of words, and had to learn to read the “sight word method”. They could have been written in Chinese, as far as little 5 year old me was concerned. I loved books and desperately wanted to read- but couldn’t. I struggled for years with reading. The consequence was feelings of failure, shame and embarrassment. I believe had I learnt with the phonics programs used today the process would have been far less painful. There are many phonic programs available. And finding the right one is important for the individual child. The Jedi Boy has taken longer to rad that The Girl. I tried a couple of programs with him, which did not work well. Then we started with the Jolly Phonics Program. The results we brilliant. We are now onto Jolly Grammar- and I am learning things I missed, from my decidedly dodgy Primary school English education! The Jolly Phonics program is not too expensive and can be bought from Amazon. I would recommend the student workbooks (an essential), the teacher’s handbook (an essential), and the CD (not essential, but really helped re-enforce the sounds). I made my own flash cards (phonics flash cards). These can be printed on card, and/or laminated for durability. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Awesome Autumn: Tree Painting Craft

Finally I have found a use for baby cotton buds. Cotton buds are one of these baby products you seem to have in abundance but never seem to use. I found a picture of this craft on Pinerest and shamelessly stole it! I drew round a cup, to make a circle for the little boys, and painted a trunk for them- older children can do this themselves. Then each child was given a cotton bud, and I squirted different autumn shades of poster paint onto an old egg box lid. They then dipped the bud in the paint and filled the circle with different coloured dots, they also lined the bottom of the page with some, for leaves that had already fallen. This made a simple, but effective craft suitable for pre-school through primary ages. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Free Money Worksheet II and III

Here is the next of our money worksheets. This one explores in a bit more detail the notation and £1=100p. We underline how to write money values in pounds and pence UK Money II Money worksheet III further explores switching between dealing in pounds and pence, with examples of working out the change of a pound. UK Money worksheet III Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Primary Poetry: Haiku

This week we have been learning how to write a Haiku. A Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry (made slightly famous by the President of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy- but don’t let that put you off!), which always has 17 syllables over 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the last line again has 5. A Haiku is usually a poem about nature. As we have been learning about syllables, the Haiku was an interesting way to apply that knowledge. The book we are using for grammar/English studies is Language Lessons for the Elementary Child. This helped guide The Girl through the lesson, pointing her gently in the right direction. Haiku Review: A Haiku has 17 sylables. A three lined poem First line has 5 syllables, second 7, third 5. It is a poem about nature. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...
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