We asked Leigh who runs the Funky Phonics lessons on Saturday morning at the Rainbow Factory, what her 5 top tips for parents would be when supporting their children with learning letters and words;
Buy or make playdough. This is fantastic for strengthening fingers , hands and arms getting your child ready to write.
Let them make their mark! Give your child plenty of opportunities to mark make and write using pens , pencils, large chalks , paint brushes in water , anything goes .
Take your child on a listening walk. Listen to the sounds you can hear outside. The birds , cars , trees.
Sound a week. Introduce a sound a week at home and make your own I-spy box with items in that begin with that sound.
Talk like a robot. Break words up as you talk . Get your child used to segmenting words and blending . Eg “we are going in the c-ar “ or “we are or the b-u-s .
Spaces are still available on Saturday mornings at 9:30am for 3-4yr olds. So whether you’re looking to help your child kick-start, give them a head start or support their learnings over the summer period, Funky Phonics sessions are ideal!
All sessions will be delivered in a fun and dynamic manner to support their engagement while learning and include:
Each letter sounds and recognition
Teach strategies your child needs to crack the reading code.
Develop social skills
Engage in age appropriate activities
Use rhyme and song to ensure sessions are fun and exciting
Gross motor development (to encourage the use of upper body muscles needed to develop fine motor skills)
Fine motor - helping hands to develop your Childs pencil grip
For more information or to book, visit; www.rainbowfactorykids.com/funkyphonics