Homework Tips for Literacy

 

It has been shown that parental involvement in a child’s learning is very important. Even by the age of eleven the influence that a parent can have on their child’s learning is greater than 50%. i.e. the school is less than 50%. Below this age, the influence the school has is even less compared with that of parents. With this in mind we have started to have “Open Classroom” sessions in each class where parents are invited to come and join their children us to learn about different aspects of the curriculum and see it action. We hope that through this, parents can gain more insight into how their children are doing and in particular the approach the school has to the different ways children do learn things in school. In this way parents can feel more able to help their children with any work they may be doing at home.

Below are some tips that we feel might help parents when working with their children at home.

Here are some tips to guide the way:

Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, “Open School,” Meetings to meet your child’s teachers and see how the class works. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved. Check out the Calculation Policy on the web site.
Make sure your children have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies; paper, pencils, glue, scissors, within reach.

Literacy

Reading

The children begin their reading with Reading Records that give ideas about the sort of things a parent can do to help with their child’s reading. Daily reading is important and it is good if parents are involved in this every day giving feedback as to how it went in the Reading Records provided.

Phonics

What is Phonics teaching?
Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading that ensures virtually all children can learn to read quickly and skilfully. Children are taught the correspondences between sounds (phonemes) and letters. They identify and blend different letter sounds and letter combinations together (‘synthesise’
them) to make a word – for example, pronouncing each phoneme in shop /sh/-/o/-/p/ and then blending those phonemes to produce the word. Through this, children take the first important steps in learning to read. They can also use this knowledge to begin to spell new words they hear.
A systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics means teachers take a planned, thorough approach, teaching children the simplest sounds first and progressing all the way through to the most complex combinations of letters.

It is important that parents know what sounds the children will be taught and how to sound out the letter sounds correctly. Here is a video showing the correct pronunciation for each of the letters in the alphabet.

Writing

Becoming a good writer has to be one of the main aims of academic education. It forms such a vital part of life skills and the more help the early writer can have the better.

Things to Do at Home

Go to places and see things with your child, then talk about what has been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched. The basis of good writing is good talk, and younger children especially grow into stronger control of language when loving adults — particularly parents — share experiences and rich talk about those experiences.

Writing for real purposes is rewarding, and the daily activities of families present many opportunities for purposeful writing. Involving your child may take some coaxing, but it will be worth your patient effort.

By becoming an active participant in your child’s education as a writer, you will serve not only your child but other children and youth as well. You have an important role to play, and we encourage your involvement.

As children get older their need for sustained concentration and ability to write at length becomes ever more important. The “Big Write” helps us as a school to focus on this aspect of children’s writing. Before every Big Write and indeed most story telling or writing we ask the children to take part in talking homework. We believe that talking about writing should always come first as if you can’t “Talk It” you probably will not be able to ”Write it.” Please see the big write section of the web site for more details.

Resources

Below is a link to other phonic based games you might like to try with your children:
Phonics Games

Further information is available on the website under Parents > Phonics and Reading.

As the children get older they move on to more independent reading and we use AR reading to help motivate and record how this independent reading is going. Please follow this link to find out more about AR reading.

The parents web site for AR books can be found Here.

Where to choose books:
LoveReading4Kids

Free ebooks:
Oxford Owl

Great books for reading aloud:

GoodReads