Here at Loxford we appreciate the support you can give your child at home. Please find useful tips and websites to help with your child's learning and the bottom of the page.
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Supporting your child at home with his/her reading is invaluable. It should be an enjoyable experience for all involved, so please give your child lots of praise and encouragement.
The following guidelines should help your child’s reading skill:
- Find a quiet comfortable place to sit together (with the television switched off).
- Look at the cover. Discuss the picture. What does your child think the story will be about?
- Read the title to your child pointing to each word with your finger.
- Read the story to your child.
- Re-read the story (either immediately or at a later time whichever is appropriate) discussing the pictures and pointing to each word so that your child becomes aware of the voice print match (i.e. spoken word = written word).
- Ask your child questions about the story.
- Ask your child to read the story to you. It does not matter if they guess the sentence, use the pictures as clues, or have learnt the sentence off by heart.
- Pick out a single word, can your child find it elsewhere in the book?
- How many words are on a page?
- Does your child know the initial sounds? If so, can they blend the sounds to read a word?
- Write out words on individual pieces of paper and ask your child to match them to the words in the book.
- Play hide and seek. Hide the words around the room – your child has to find and read them.
You do not have to follow every step every time. Reading should be fun – it is better to spend ten minutes daily than one hour once a week.
Books are changed twice a week so it is important that your child brings their book bag into school every day.
If you have any queries about reading please speak to your child’s teacher.
Provide your child with opportunities to use pencils and pens. Encourage your child to ‘mark make’ and develop good pencil control. Encourage your child to use writing in their play – ‘emergent writing’ (squiggles, lines, shapes and possibly some letters) for example, if they are playing shops get them to write a shopping list.
At meal times ask them to take food orders from the family. If your child is keen to learn how to write their name please help us by teaching them that the first letter of their name is a capital letter and the rest are lower case letters. Please use the letter formations below to help your child learn how to write the lower case letters correctly.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Capital letters
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Lower Case letters
As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this.
Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.
Don’t shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
- Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
- Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
- Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
- Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.
Why not borrow some of these titles from your local library and share them with your child.
Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner
Augustus the tiger believes he has lost his smile so he sets off to find it. His search takes him to the tops of the tallest trees, over mountains and to the bottom of the ocean. Finally he realises it was there all along. The collage style, almost tactile, illustrations are beautifully uncluttered.
Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe
Lively verses about machines and the work they do. The rhythm of the words mimics the repetitive actions of the machines, as does the way they are laid out on the bright colourful pages. ‘Tractors are good at pull, pull, pulling, Ploughing up the field with a squelch, squelch, squelching.’
Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy and Polly Dunbar
A hilarious rambling rhyming story, full of surprises. When Dad loses the car keys, his daughter suggests that he looks down the back of the chair. All manner of fantastic things are secreted there: ‘A sip, a sup, a sop, a song, a spider seven inches long’. The illustrations reflect the comic mayhem of the text.
The Farmyard Jamboree by Margaret Read MacDonald and Sophie Fatus
A lively cumulative song inspired by a Chilean folk tale and set to music on an accompanying CD encouraging energetic participation. A child is given a hen by his grandfather. Further family gifts of animals, each of which gives birth to offspring, mean that eventually he has sixteen pets.
Hungry Hen by Richard Waring and Caroline Jayne Church
A hen down on the farm eats and grows bigger, seemingly oblivious to the fox on the hill who is eyeing her hungrily. The fox waits, anticipating a more satisfying meal the larger the hen becomes until, one day, he can bear it no longer and he dashes down the hill…
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Trixie goes with her dad to the Laundromat but on the way home – a disaster happens! Trixie can’t talk yet and Dad can’t work out what she is so desperately trying to communicate, until Mum asks ‘Where’s Knuffle Bunny?’ A tale of a lost toy humorously rendered in cartoon style drawings superimposed on sepia toned photographs.
Let’s Get a Pup! by Bob Graham
Kate and her mum and dad go to the rescue centre to choose a puppy. They come home with small and excitable Dave. However, they can’t forget Rosy who was ‘old and grey and broad as a table’, and the next day they rush back to get her as well!
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
An endearing story about a boy and a penguin played out on wide, well-designed pages. The boy finds a way to return his forlorn friend to the South Pole, only to discover that the reason for the penguin’s sadness is not what he supposed at all.
Lulu Loves the Library by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw
A celebration of adults and children sharing books together. Lulu and her mum visit the library every Tuesday. They change their books, listen to stories being read and join in with songs and rhymes. At bedtime they enjoy the books they have chosen. Read in a variety of languages on an accompanying CD.
Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
The memorable rhyming text features the delightful Mister Magnolia who ‘has only one boot’. It is surprising to discover so many possible rhymes for ‘boot’, with such a variety of spellings – flute, newt, suit, salute, etc.
Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke
An eyecatching picture book using photographs and typeface that blurs and blends to depict a child’s imaginative game as he plays with a toy London bus. The bus has a multitude of adventures, including speeding through a plate of beans and falling into the garden pond. The text mimics a child’s descriptive dialogue as he plays.
On the Road by Susan Steggall
Words and pictures follow the progress of a small red car taking a family on a journey from home to the sea. The intriguing collage illustrations, incorporating a variety of types and textures of paper, depict different forms of road transport, which are interesting to spot and name.
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
Ben tries all manner of ways to make his penguin respond to him. Frustrated, he attempts to feed the penguin to a lion, who has other ideas. In a splendid denouement, the penguin demonstrates that he can communicate after all. The illustrations making good use of white space on well-designed pages combine beautifully with the understated text.
Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt
An inventive hole in the page book. Timothy Pope takes his new telescope to the park and seems to see sharks everywhere. However, when the page is turned and the whole picture is revealed, the viewer gets a different perspective. But is Timothy entirely wrong about there being a shark in the park?
We All Went on Safari. A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs and Julie Cairns
Making a journey through the grasslands of Tanzania, some children count the animals they see as they walk. A rhyming and alliterative text is accompanied by illustrations depicting wide vistas with their variety of wild animals and the children in their traditional Maasai dress.