Category Archives: Literacy

Teaching Phonics to Young Children

teaching preschool phonics

This is where a child is taught to use the sounds and patterns of letters in order to help them deal with unfamiliar words. Some teachers believe that while all children need some knowledge of letter patterns and sounds, they should not be encouraged to ‘sound out’ or ‘build up’ words; rather that they should use their phonic knowledge to help them guess what words are likely to be and then to check their guesses. Other teachers believe that sounding out words is helpful. For example, faced with the word sheep a child may be encouraged to break the word into parts, sound them out and then put them together. To do this he or she must know how sh, ee and p are commonly pronounced and how to blend the sounds together to make the word.

Schools using this kind of approach will probably have a definite phonics teaching programme which the children follow, for example :

Talking About Stories – Helping Your Child Learn To Read

stories reading with child

It is often great telling parents to talk about the story when we are reading with our children. What exactly does this mean ?
stories reading with child
The point of talking about what children are reading is to help them think about what they are reading, to interpret and understand it. It is also a means of helping them to develop their language skills, enhance their enjoyment of a story and, of course, a way of checking on their understanding. When a child is talking about what they have read you can soon tell if they’ve got the wrong end of the stick about something !

Talking about a story also means talking about the illustrations. We ‘read’ pictures just as much as we read words and not only do illustrations add something to a story but they can also tell part of a story. Information is often conveyed in pictorial or diagrammatic form so it is obviously important to be able to understand pictures and to attend to the details in them. While it is natural to make comments about a picture such as “That’s a scary looking witch isn’t it?” or simply “That’s nice!” we do need to try and do something more sometimes. Questions and comments such as the following can help towards getting children to really think about illustrations.

What to Do If Your Child Dislike of School Reading Scheme ?

Child School Reading Scheme

What to Do If Your Child Dislike of School Reading Scheme ?

Child School Reading Scheme

My child hates his school reading scheme… what can I do about it?

The first thing to do is to try and be sure why he hates it. Is it because he is reading books which are too difficult for him and so he gets frustrated and disheartened? Does he not like the characters in the stories) Does he not like the stories (or lack of stories; in any, all or some of the books? Do try and talk to him about it because you also need to be sure that it is a genuine aversion to the scheme itself and not towards reading in general or reading to you at home specifically.

The next thing to do is to make arrangements to see his class teacher. The best way of tackling this is to write a note asking if you could go and talk about your child’s reading on such and such a date or an alternative one if that is not convenient.

Helping Young Children with Handwriting

There are various aspects to handwriting which need to be considered when we think of improving it. This question usually arises in the mid-junior years so that is the stage of development that I shall concentrate on, listing each point and the things to look out for.

Pencil Grip

Do check how your child is holding the pencil and encourage a grip which is both comfortable and allows proper control of the pencil. Some children press very hard when they write which is tiring and hard work, resulting sometimes in handwriting which deteriorates as more is written. They need to be encouraged to relax their grip more.

Holding the Paper

This may seem silly but there are children who don’t keep the paper or book in place with the non-writing hand with the obvious result that the paper or book moves and the child’s writing suffers each time.

Letter Formation

Forming the individual letters correctly is crucial to good handwriting so check to see if this is the problem with your child. The best way is to ask her or him to copy out a sentence which contains all the letters of the alphabet while you watch closely. Here are two example sentences to choose from :

Reading Schemes And Materials For Home Reading

Are Reading Schemes And Materials For Home Use A Good Idea ?

Well…The short answer to this is: both Yes. . . and No .

They are not a good idea if they lead to any kind of pressure being put on a child to learn to read. Making a reluctant child work at home in order to accelerate progress is only likely to lead to rebellion at some later stage. They are a good idea if the materials are :

  • – bright and exciting ;
  • – written by someone who really does know their business and who understands what is happening in schools ;
  • – genuinely appealing to children ;
  • – likely to provide you with some support in helping your child to learn.

Early Literacy and Childhood Poverty

Childhood Literacy

Far too often there is a link between childhood illiteracy and childhood poverty. Parents that have limited means will find that their priorities are skewed towards basic needs instead of some of the other nuanced concepts which make the life whole. Of course we cannot forget the fundamental need to keep the child fed and clothed.

Nevertheless the literacy level that they have will have an impact on their life chances. It will determine the types of citizens that they will make and their overall place in society. The consequences of failing to address the literacy needs of the kids might lead them to a situation whereby they are chasing the failed trails of the difficult processes within the context of the struggle for resources. Happily Educational Smart Care Center is doing its bit in order to promote childhood literacy.

Education must never become the preserve of the rich people

Appropriate Educational Opportunities

children educational opportunity

The Educational Smart Care have placed an emphasis on the need to control the educational outcomes of school children with a specific emphasis on the development of strategies. These strategies take into consideration the age and the needs of the child. Therefore all the activities which are agreed as part of the program are put through a very stringent process where justification has to be found for all the issues that are being presented to parents and the other stakeholders. This approach effectively ensures that children are never doing too much.

There is encouragement for those establishments that are committed to child welfare and the ability to increase the opportunities for those young people within the program. It also means that parents are reassured about the aims and protocols of the system.

Assessing the curriculum in a new light

Education Smart Care and Early Literacy

early literacy

One of the areas of great concern in all parent is the possibility that literacy is not emphasized enough in their child’s early learning path. Amidst all the fun at the Educational Smart Care Center, there is still plenty left to support the notion that early literacy is a priority. This is one of the indicators of future performance right up to the tertiary level. If the child is unable to communicate in the official language through reading and writing, then it is hard for them to pursue a long term educational path. In fact the dropout rate will increase significantly if it becomes clear that there are problems with literacy.

There a lot of works been made in developing the correct methods of implementing early childhood literacy schemes. The results have been encouraging and the best practice is being exported to other areas of operation within the context of this project.

Preparing a good start for kindergarten kids