Tips to Help Your Child


All - ants like lollies

Any - ants never yawn

Are - ants run everywhere

Beautiful - big elephants aren't ugly - they are beautiful

Because - big elephants can always upset small elephants

Come - climb on my elephant

Could would should - O U Little Darling

Does - does Ollie eat sweets?

For - fat old rats

Friend - I'll be your friend to the END

Goes - girls only eat sweets

Half - head arms leg foot

Have - hills and valleys everywhere

Laugh - look at ugly grey houses/horses

Necessary - one collar and two sleeves

One - oh not easy

Only - only nice little yachts

Ough - O U Great Hero (enough, plough, through, though, thought, bought)

People - people eat oranges people love eggs

Put - put up tents

Said - it's an A and an I and I don't know why Sally Anne Is Dancing

Separate - there is a rat in separate

Some - sit on my elephant

That - that hat

Through - Ten hens ran off up green hills

The - ten happy elephants

Through - thr - can't go Over, can't go Under, Gotta, Head-through

Want - wash at night time

Was - win a star/worms eat spiders

Were - were exams really easy?

What - what hat will I wear?

When - where is the hen?/when will the hen lay her egg?

Who - we hang on/Williams hangs on



Enjoyment is very important.

1.  Paired reading allows you to read together with your child and when he/she gets tired or comes to a hard passage or word you take over or read a page each.

2.  Ask your child to retell the story in their own words.

3.  Choose a section of the story that they can draw as a visual representation of that passage.

4.  Play syllable games and break long words into chunks. (Charades/Pictionary)

5.  Marilyn Brocklehurst - guest speaker at Brooke Priory a few years ago, has a useful website which offers advice about suitable book choices etc.  Google - Marilyn Brocklehurst.



1.  Alphabetical order - arrange wooden letters or cards in order.  Identify 5 vowels AEIOU.

2.  Guess the missing letters, close eyes and feel the letters.

3.  Practice RWInc speed sounds sayings.  Build up words using the wooden letters or cards containing a speed sound e.g. oa goat, boat, coat, moat, flaot, throat.  Where possible try to group according to visual patterns e.g. oat.

4.  If you have access to Clip Art you could find a picture to match the word, just another way to reinforc the spelling and make a visual connection.

5.  Write silly sentences using words from a sound group e.g. a goat in a coat ate the toad on the road.

6.  Try to make these sessions short and fun by including games:

     * Bingo

     * Snap/pairs

     * Spot the odd one out - goat coach moan sheep foal.

7. Mnemonics and acronyms can be helpful in revising small words, which do not follow a regular phonetic pattern:

     *  Does - dogs only eat sausages

8.   Get creative, write words in colour making the tricky part stand out - mould the words out of play-dough.

9.  Word processing is ideal if your child enjoys using a computer, as an automatic spell checker.


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