Reading Storytime Books
Once your child is confident blending sounds in the Blending books, they will have daily phonics lessons in small groups and will start to read Storytime Phonics books.
Every day, your child will have a Speedsound session to learn to read new sounds, practice reading the sounds they know and practice writing the sounds they know.
Also, every day they will read a Storytime book to learn to practice to read 'green words' These are words that they can 'Fred Talk' to segment and decode using the phonics sounds they know.
In the Storytime books they will also learn to read 'red words' which are tricky words that are not phonetically decodable.
While your child is learning to blend in school you can help them by reading at home.
Your child will have bring 3 books home to read:
A copy of the Read Write Inc Phonics Storybook Book that they are reading in school
Reading this at home will help your child become secure with the sounds they are currently learning in school.
Encourage your child to read this book independently although they may need some support with the sounds they are learning. Ask questions about the book and talk lots about the story. Don’t just read it once – read the book multiple times to develop fluency and deeper understanding.
A copy of a Read Write Inc Phonics Book which has sounds your child has already learned in school and is familiar with.
Reading this book at home will help your child become more confident and fluent reading words with these sounds.
Your child may bring home a book they have previously read at home, because research shows this is important in order to allow them to develop familiarity with words and sounds and become fluent and confident with words and their meaning. Your child should be confident reading this book independently although they may ‘Fred Talk’ (Sound out) words the first or second time they read it – encourage them to read it to you and spend lots of time asking questions and talking about the story and characters. Don’t just read it once – read the book multiple times to develop fluency and deeper understanding.
A book to read and share
This is a high-quality book to read with or to your child and share the excitement and enjoyment of a story.
This book may include words with sounds that your child has not yet learnt or is not yet confident reading. You can read the book to them, share the story and talk about the book to help them enjoy books and stories while they are still learning new sounds and words. It is important you do not expect your child to read this book independently – it is a book to be read and shared together. Don’t just read it once – read the book multiple times to develop fluency and deeper understanding.