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ChablisLover Wed 13-Feb-13 11:28:18

DS is coming 6

I find his reading is a little behind and he gets confused by simple words

Am looking for some assistance to help him at home

Have seen the teach your child to read books on amazon - are these any good?

We have the jolly phonics series and the story books

And the school operate a 'library' system where he can borrow books at his level - his teacher is currently off sick so dont know if this is still operating.

Any suggestions how I can help him progress to reading independently and enjoying reading as much as i do?

Also, any suggestions for help improving handwriting would also be appreciated. He has some OT issues and we are using triangular pens and a improvised writing slope.

I had thought of pencil grips too - are they useful?


maizieD Thu 14-Feb-13 08:03:54

Apologies for double posting last night. Computer was playing up...

But,dDespite asking twice, I still don't know what the answer is wink

learnandsay Thu 14-Feb-13 09:28:31

I think children are probably fresher at school and do concentrate for their teachers/ However, if he could read the simple/HFW properly at school it's unlikely that he'd get them all wrong at home even if he was larking about, some maybe but not all of them and not the same ones all the time. And he wouldn't get all the long words right.

maizie is trying to work out, I think, if there is something wrong with the way that he has been taught to read the words themselves. It may be the case that he doesn't know/hasn't been taught how to read them.

christinarossetti Thu 14-Feb-13 15:25:47

That's a brilliant list, thanks mrz.

Specialistteacher Thu 14-Feb-13 16:38:10

Hi, I find that reading as many CVC words with children is a great foundation for basic reading .Then putting them into simple sentences eg Cat-sat-mat eventually adding The ,on ,the to extend the sentence then The big fat cat sat on the mat.Its great fun clapping out the words in the sentence .You can draw a picture to reinforce the sentence then place each word individually ,and get your child to build the sentence by him/herself.Tip write the sentence vertically and horizontally .See which way they find easier to decode.

maizieD Thu 14-Feb-13 16:50:11

maizie is trying to work out, I think, if there is something wrong with the way that he has been taught to read the words themselves. It may be the case that he doesn't know/hasn't been taught how to read them.

Thank you, lands. I am indeed but OP seems to have disappeared!

mrz Thu 14-Feb-13 16:57:19

What are you talking about Socialist?

Write start can be very effective and most certainly isn't unsuitable or fraudulent!

ChablisLover Thu 14-Feb-13 17:37:01

Nope maizie

Still here haven't disappeared.

Have been trying to think things over and I don't know how he's been taught them. I know they have done the Cvc words last year and build on these this year.

I think it might be something to do with being tired and sometimes not recognising them.

I will order write from the start

Also saw reading lessons - teach your child to read. An American book but with good uk reviews. Anyone used it?

mrz Thu 14-Feb-13 17:45:52

I would be careful of any American publication as methods used don't match those used in the UK

learnandsay Thu 14-Feb-13 17:52:16

I guess it's easy enough to find out if he can sound the words out; just ask him. But that still won't tell any of us how he was taught to read them, (or even if he was ever taught how to read them.)

Maybe we (and the OP) will never know. But if he can't recognise them and he can't sound them out then effectively he can't read them.

OP, do you know how to sound them out? (I'm not suggesting by the official phonics approved methodology, I'm just asking can you sound the words out using a common a sense sounding out method?)

ChablisLover Thu 14-Feb-13 17:58:04

He can sound them out.

Have been testing this afternoon.

But he seems not to want to sound out when placed in front of him in a book.

I can sound the words too.

This leads me to think its more just not wanting to do it? Maybe?

This all comes from reading little red riding hood and he seem to stick on certain every day words

mrz Thu 14-Feb-13 17:58:41


ChablisLover Thu 14-Feb-13 18:01:11

Sorry mrz
What does that mean?

Genuinely I don't understand it.

I am just trying to get some help to help my son improve at school

His normal teacher is off sick indefinitely and we have a sub.

learnandsay Thu 14-Feb-13 18:07:48

The Americans have their own crazy way of doing things. You might find that the book is telling you to do things teachers in this country wouldn't approve of.

ChablisLover Thu 14-Feb-13 18:13:56

Learnandsay thanks

I thought it might do things differently but wanted to ask first

Will order the jp teachers book instead

At least it's a system he has an understanding

mrz Thu 14-Feb-13 18:26:13

You might find things in the book that will confuse him more isn't a matter of approval or disapproval

mrz Thu 14-Feb-13 18:27:33

ChablisLover the confused face was not in response to your post

ChablisLover Thu 14-Feb-13 18:34:33

Sorry mrz

I really didn't understand what you meant.

I can see your point about it making matters more confusing

The list you posted earlier was great

I have printed it off to read through and to try out.

ReallyTired Fri 15-Feb-13 11:00:42

It takes unbelivable practice to be fluent at blending and segmenting. I suggest that you get your son to practice with the words in the jolly phonics manual every day and just read books to your son.

When a child is reading a book they are thinking about the story as well as blending the words. It is a far greater challenge than reading the odd word. I think that sometimes children are made to read books before they have learnt any strageries. I imagine that that your son feel a bit overwelmed by a book at the moment.

ChablisLover Fri 15-Feb-13 19:54:17

Thanks reallytired

He does seem over whelmed by reading and he's overwhelmed by writing sentences.

Maths he has no issue with at all though.

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