OMG it’s the end of the term 3 holidays and I had planned to write a blog for parents of children starting school in 2017, as a kind of antidote to any well-meaning but incorrect advice to encourage children to guess written words from pictures, first letters and context rather than sounding them out.
The internet to the rescue! I found some nice, short videos by the UK’s Ruth Miskin called “top tips for parents” about the following topics:
- Saying sounds correctly
- Linking sounds to letters
- Two letters, one sound
- Practise, practise, practise
- Putting sounds together to make simple words
- Tricky words
- Reading books
- Using pictures
- Writing letters
- Read to your child as much as you can
Of course Miskin is promoting her own programs and resources in these videos, but the very sensible and evidence-based main ideas can be applied using many other explicit, synthetic phonics programs and materials.
Miskin has a stack of other videos for parents here, but right now I don’t have time to watch them all, I’d be interested to hear what others think of them. Lots of useful stuff, I imagine.
Experienced and extremely nice Melbourne teacher Liz Chapman (who never blows her own trumpet so I like to occasionally blow it for her) was running very affordable Read Write Inc training earlier this year. More details and her contacts are on this flyer, if anyone wants to nag her to run some more.
I’ll embed links to all 10 Ruth Miskin Top Tips for Parents videos below, so they are easy to navigate and revisit and share without getting lost on YouTube.
1. Saying sounds correctly
2. Linking sounds to letters
3. Two letters, one sound
4. Practise, Practise, Practise
5. Putting sounds together to make simple words
6. Tricky words
7. Reading books
8. Using pictures
9. Writing letters
10. Read to your child as much as you can