How to lay the foundations in phonics for your child

Walking home from a Phonics Presentation at our little girl’s new school, I reminisced in my own mind how we have laid the foundations in phonics, right from the day she came home from hospital for good.

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When she started her new school, she began on reading level 5.  By the end of her first week there she was up to level 11.  With comments from her teacher:

What a fantastic reader!

…To me, that tells a story of how you can encourage your child with reading and lay the foundations for phonics:

In the beginning –

Read, read, read with and to your child!  Read anything… read everything.  Read to them while they’re kicking around and babbling under their play gym, give them a little commentary of their surroundings while you push them in their pram.

The middle –

The more you read, the more their vocab increases, their recognition of different sounds, different letters, different tones, different fonts, different languages develops.

I’m not a professional or an expert in literacy but I do know that encouraging our little girl to read, making it fun, giving her confidence in her reading, praising all the time where due, has helped give her a love of reading and writing.  Her favourite books are currently the Rainbow Magic ones and I’m going to dig out my old Enid Blyton books which I’m sure she’ll enjoy too.

The ‘end’ –

With reading, I don’t think there is an ‘end’ in the sense that there’s always something new to read, always a different way of interpreting the written word.

In fact, this is just the beginning of our little girl’s literacy journey (and therefore our literacy journey with her).  An exciting ‘once upon a time’ 🙂

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What about you?  What did you do to encourage your child’s reading and phonics?  Have you got any tips for reluctant readers?  I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂 

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