FUN WITH PHONICS - Helping your child develop their love of reading ages 4-7
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss
Find out why FUN WITH PHONICS is becoming an exciting class to help your child develop their love of reading! In a digital age where social media, Apps, iPads are all at the fingertips of many children, the simple things in life can often be forgotten, just like picking up your favourite book! As parents, we can feel bamboozled about all those phonic sounds that we keep hearing about at school. What does it even all mean?!
Reading can help in many aspects of a child’s development and here are a few vital examples:
- It is a great opportunity to bond and spend some quality 1:1 time with your child. It’s a nurturing activity that can bring you both closer together.
- Research has shown that children who are exposed to reading at an early age will go on to perform well academically in all areas of the curriculum.
- It encourages better communication skills. As children develop an understanding of different characters and emotions in stories, they are better equipped to recognise these in others and relate to others in a healthy way.
- It helps to develop logical thinking skills as they can apply logic in various scenarios and recognise cause and effect in stories.
- Instill the knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. If they are exposed to reading earlier on, they are much more likely to choose books over computers and TV!
HOW PARENTS CAN GET MORE INVOLVED.
- It’s as easy as visiting your local library and many have reading sessions and storytelling sessions for children.
- Be a good role model; if your child sees you reading, they will be more inclined to.
- Make reading time a special time, perhaps find a special place or time where this takes place.
- Play games and keep it fun for example, read to your pet or toy, have a family readathon, have a mystery book bag and place objects so children can guess what the story may be about.
- Bring stories to life by reenacting parts and characters, use sound effects and props.
- Always take the time to read different genres, fiction and non-fiction to your child to expose them to a rich vocabulary.
More than ever in today’s society children lack a love of reading and with our experience of over 20 years of teaching in primary schools we found that this was an ever-increasing problem. So, we decided to set up an interactive class and find ways to teach phonics through arts and crafts, drama and storytelling. This combination was an instant hit and our classes have gone from strength to strength!
At Fun With Phonics we believe that every child matters as soon as they walk through the door. Committed to small class sizes we can give the children the attention and confidence they need to tackle their newfound skills in reading and writing.
During our sessions, we work through the different sounds children need to recognise, in order to increase their knowledge to be able to become fluent readers. Our ethos - to keep it fun, pacy, multisensory and interactive. We are passionate about this area and believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be immersed in an environment where they can access a programme that will help them to meet their full potential.
Classes can be found at 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood WD6 1EB (above the library) Saturdays at 1:45-2:45pm and at
Enfield Town Library EN2 6AX, Saturdays 9:30-10:30 & 10:45- 11:45am.
The first session is free and a block booking of 4 weeks is discounted at £13 per session. Alternatively, you can pay as you go at £15 per session.
For more information and to contact us visit our website www.funwithphonics.org
Tel: 07415820545 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Fun-With-Phonics-1640785866162195/