Georgie recently went on a morning course explaining Phonics and how it can be made fun when supporting kids as they begin their journey to being able to read. The course was organised by Educate with Iona. She runs workshops in and around London (Georgie lives on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and she came out to do the course with some fellow school mums). Iona is a Mum of two boys as well as being aqualified and experienced teacher, who has taught in Kensington and Chelsea for over 9 years and co-ordinated the school’s phonics teaching for 6 years. During this time the school became one of the 250 top performing schools in the country in terms of the progress which the pupils made.
She was so enthusiastic and full of ideas which make Phonics less daunting for both parents and children. Georgie went away with a jam-packed resource folder which included games, hints and tips. Georgie has found other excellent games which we thought we would share.
If you live in the London / Home Counties area Georgie highly recommends contacting Iona to see if a workshop would work for you. Her details can be found here.
Sight word game (free to download and print from here)
Snake and Ladders – these downloadable games can either be printed off with words already printed on the squares or there is an editable one which means you can put in words of your own choice or letters so the little ones can say the Phonic sounds when they land on the square (you can find it here).
Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds pack by Julia Donaldson (available here) – a fantastic set to get started on the reading journey. It includes books, reward stickers, a alphabet chart and tips on supporting reading skills.
Foam letters (available here) – perfect for hiding in a sandpit, around the house, even if going on a picnic or to the beach. The little ones have to find the letters, bring them back to you and make the Phonic sound.
Cursive writing flashcards (available here) – some schools such as Harry’s learn the Hemispheres Think Write programme which uses cursive writing. There flashcards will help not only with Phonics but get your little one used to cursive shapes.
ABC wallet flash cards by So Awesome at Small Print Books (available here) – these are a lovely small size to fit into a handbag for learning “on the go”. Beautifully illustrated (with both blocks and cursive lettering on the front of each card) and although not all the objects on the reverse of each card have the Phonic sound, they do make a fun game.