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Part 4 – Conclusion

The conclusion in this section offers guidance to parents who wish to support their children and ensure that they become fluent at word reading, as well as developing a love of reading.

Part 4: Conclusion

In conclusion:

  • Prepare children well for school, especially with their spoken language and vocabulary.
  • Learn about the teaching of reading and writing and the advantages of synthetic phonics.
  • Be aware of potential reading problems. Remember: 25% of children find learning to read difficult, and most of them are from supportive homes. It is important to recognise if your child is struggling to remember the letter sounds or is finding it difficult to blend words. Gently provide help with these skills. If serious alarm bells are ringing and progress is extremely slow, then it might be a good idea to have a quiet discussion with your child’s teacher. It is worth mentioning that young children hate to hear any criticism of their teacher or school, so it is wise to keep any worries you might have away from them. It is the same the other way round; teachers should take great care never to criticize parents in front of their children. By having a united front, the children are much happier and more receptive to what is required of them.
  • When your child starts bringing home books to read to you, look carefully at how (s)he reads them. Is your child able to work out the unknown words? If the books are not decodable and they are causing your child to guess the words, then it is important to ask for decodable readers.
  • There is no doubt that in mainstream education virtually all the children in need of support are able to overcome their problems when synthetic phonics and decodable readers are used in classroom teaching and intervention groups. It is also much easier to achieve this when teachers and parents work together.

And that concludes the teaching on this section.

 

 

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