Reading With Your Child

With so much information and so many resources available online, it can be difficult to know where to begin when supporting your child with their phonics and early reading. The School at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have compiled some useful websites to get you started.

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If you have a child at school, you’ll probably have heard of phonics! Phonics (sometimes called synthetic phonics) is the system almost all schools use to teach children to read. Phonics teaches children the link between letters and the sounds they represent. It has its own vocabulary which can make it sound more complicated than it really is. Please click here for the link to the Oxford Owl phonics guide.

There are so many easy things you can do to help support your child’s phonics learning. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert, Laura Sharp.

If you are trying to support your child with their phonics, it’s important that you know how to pronounce the sounds purely. Watch this video which will support you with this.

The School at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital uses Read Write Inc. Phonics. Click here to find out more about this program and how you can support your child with their phonics.