Give the Gift of Reading
The resources below will give children invaluable extra reading and writing practice. With practice, they will be able to identify letters and words faster and more accurately in order to understand and enjoy stories as a whole. Resources include:
Click on the book covers to listen to the phonemes and download the activity sheets and wordbanks for each title.
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The activity sheets for each title provide not only further reading practice but also an excellent opportunity for writing practice. You can download and print the sheets for your child to fill in.
Help your child by reading the instructions at the top of the page. For some of the activities, you are asked to cut out phrases at the bottom of the page, so you will need scissors and a pencil.
Don’t worry too much about neat writing at this stage, but do encourage your child to hold the pencil properly and check that they are forming the letters correctly. Getting these basics right will help your child to write clearly and fluently. Some children find it helpful to use a special triangular pencil gripper made of plastic or rubber. Look out for these in art and craft or stationery shops, or your child’s school may be able to supply one.
You can see the recommended pencil grip and letter forms by downloading our Very First Reading Letter Chart, in PDF format.
Click on the book covers above to download the activity sheets for each title.
Each title also has a wordbank – a list of words for practice reading. Some feature in the story, others are new and will help your child to develop sounding and blending skills. The list includes high frequency words and “tricky” or irregular words.
You can print out the lists and stick them onto card (or print them directly on card), then cut out the words to make mini flashcards. High frequency words (including “tricky” words) have an extra box outline so that you can identify them and keep them separately.
Click on the book covers above to download the wordbanks for each title.
Phonemes are sounds made by letters or combinations of letters. There are 44 phonemes in the English language - most of them are introduced in the first seven books of Very First Reading, with the remaining two being introduced in Book 8 and Book 15.
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