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Support for parents / carers

Advice for parents

Ideally, the school your child attends should be able to give you specific advice on how to support his/her learning throughout the year. If in doubt, we’d suggest asking the teacher what s/he is going to be doing and ask how you can help.

We make a file available to all Sounds-Write trained teachers to pass on to parents. It will tell you the order of sounds to be taught and give a little basic advice such as, ‘don’t use letter names’ and ‘try to say sounds precisely’.  It could also be appropriate for you to get hold of one or both of our workbooks to use with your child at home, but please ask your child’s teacher about this directly.  We also have an app for the Initial Code, and this can be a great help in coaching your child through the earlier part of our programme.  You will find the app at the iTunes app store. 

What books should my child read?

We recommend our own books, which are designed to instil the principles of the Sounds-Write programme in young readers, and to grip their attention through colourful illustrations and gripping stories.  See our Story and knowledge books page for more details.

Apart from our own books, we recommend the following series:

Once children are through the first half of our Extended Code, they should be able to read all sorts of books that are age-appropriate (Barrington Stoke’s books for example).  We also recommend informational texts, such as simple encyclopedias that contain short, bite-sized texts, but give practice in reading - the Kingfisher First Encyclopedia is a good example.

Dyslexia

We don’t find the term ‘dyslexia’ very helpful, as it can easily obscure the individual difficulties any particular child may have.

For instance the term doesn’t differentiate between children with speech and language difficulties and those who have just been badly taught.  Our experience is that the great majority of children who have literacy problems fall into the latter category.  In every case, Sounds-Write is perfect for teaching children who have fallen significantly behind in their reading and spelling – whether or not that has resulted in them being labelled ‘dyslexic’. This is because it is so explicit and well structured, taking the pupil from simple to more complex.  For further insight into the whole subject of dyslexia, we recommend the following page (and indeed the entire website): www.dyslexics.org.uk/dyslexia_myths.htm

Help your child to read and write: an online course

'Help your child to read and write' is an online course in two parts - and the first part is free! It's aimed specifically at parents and carers who are interested in putting their children on the first steps to literacy. Part 1 covers the first seven units of the Initial Code, and Part 2 covers units 8 to 11 inclusive.

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