Parents evening

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PeanutButterOnly Fri 16-Nov-12 22:20:15

Hello - had DDs Yr 1 parents' evening the other day and found out that she needs support in reading and writing and to a lesser extent in maths. Anyone else in this position? She knows all her initial letter sounds and some other sounds, can read a lot of CVC words but is having some trouble blending. She knows some of the red words. Apparently she is better in translating the sounds into words when writing than the other way round for reading. This is the first time I've been told she's struggling and she's just 6 so one of the older ones in the year, so I feel even worse about it sad

PeanutButterOnly Fri 16-Nov-12 22:20:48

DD's wink - I do know how to use apostrophes!

simpson Fri 16-Nov-12 22:21:54

Is she using RWI???

What type of books does she get home??

I would check out the Oxford owl website it has loads of free ebooks online, it's fab!!!

PeanutButterOnly Fri 16-Nov-12 22:30:42

Thanks Simpson, yes it is RWI. She's on brown level book. I don't know if it's a banding system only used in this school. She has only moved on one stage. So she's just beyond the books with mainly high frequency + CVC words. Thanks for the tip about the Oxford Owl website.

Bubblenut Sat 17-Nov-12 10:24:36

Don't worry too much - lots of reading at home and breaking words down. Get hole of the phonetic code that includes digraphs and split dligraphs. Practice, practice, practice.

Review the frequency words! Ask your teacher if you can have a copy of the letter and sounds book (its free to schools). That should be their phonics program.

It's not the end of the world but it does require a little extra imput from yourself at home. Don't overload your child with sounds and words - pick 5 a week to go over.

PeanutButterOnly Sat 17-Nov-12 22:17:19

Thanks Bubblenut. It's come as a bit of a shock to me. One minute she was in Reception and the next minute she's a struggling reader. But I know I must not let her see I'm getting anxious! Her elder brother suddenly clicked with reading at some point in year one, but he was a summer born. I'm hoping she'll click. At the moment, I can visibly see the effort it's taking when she's trying to read with me. She starts this tense fidgeting with her hands. Hopefully it will improve.

simpson Sat 17-Nov-12 22:23:00

There is a pack of books that are fab...the usborne "very first reading" set....

It has one page that you read to her and an easier page she reads to you...It might improve her confidence and make reading fun (something you do together if she is getting anxious).

Also worth checking out the songbirds pack of books from the book people...

My DS really struggled to "get" blending but it did just click and he was off...

The usborne pack you can get from amazon and it comes with a teacher/ parent guide that has all the phonics/ sounds explained. It is the best one I have seen around and even I understood it!!!

learnandsay Sat 17-Nov-12 22:23:23

I'm no expert, (by any means) but I suspect constant reading of Dr Seuss and Elsie Marinarik's Little Bear introduces lots and lots of the high frequency words. My daughter just knows them and that's the only way I think she could have learned them. (That's what those books were invented to do, teach children to read.) They're not all that you need, by any means, but I believe that they help.

PeanutButterOnly Sat 17-Nov-12 22:58:24

Oh great, thanks - I think I will order some books with some of her birthday money! She will love the Usborne set in the slip case.

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