What's a 'din'?!

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HashtagTired Sun 29-Oct-17 19:35:24

So my reception year dd is bringing home books to read, and two she has read in the past week involve the word ‘din’?

Who’s Tim? And what is his ‘din’?!

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ThursdayLastWeek Sun 29-Oct-17 19:36:31

A din is an unpleasant noise isn’t it?

Does that fit?

MrsHathaway Sun 29-Oct-17 19:36:43

Loud noise, cacophony.

Early phonics books are utter shite. You have my sympathy.

fleshmarketclose Sun 29-Oct-17 19:36:46

Din is loud noise.

thecatfromjapan Sun 29-Oct-17 19:37:09

noun - noise?
verb - to 'drum' something into someone
colloquial - shortened form dinner, usually used twice - hideous.

But didn't you google it?

thecatfromjapan Sun 29-Oct-17 19:39:03

I'm guessing you'll meet Tim a lot, also Pip, Pam and Zip.

MrsHathaway Sun 29-Oct-17 19:43:29

Ugh I even know the book you mean. Isn't the child being ignored by all the family until he turns up with a recorder or trombone or something? Twat.


HashtagTired Sun 29-Oct-17 19:53:10

Tbh I haven’t got to Tim and his din yet. We’ve just got through the alpha blocks one about a cat and a dog and on the last page it mentioned din.
I think they just shoved the word in. I then pulled out the next book, Tim’s din, and spotted the theme.
I didn’t even reach for google. Clearly.

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thecatfromjapan Sun 29-Oct-17 19:56:52

Was it less a search for a word definition, more of a cry for help from within a slough of (phonics-induced) despond?

<strokes OP gently>

jamdonut Sun 29-Oct-17 19:58:06

Quite a few Year 6 didn't know this word when doing a Ted Hughes poem in literacy the other day! I was a bit shocked tbh.

noblegiraffe Sun 29-Oct-17 19:59:51

I think I know Tim's Din, is it the one where Tim makes a din while Dad naps and the next page is 'Dad is mad'? With an amusing picture?

Got to take your entertainment where you can get it with these books.

HashtagTired Sun 29-Oct-17 20:15:43

I think you nailed it thecatfromjapan

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DontbeaDickaboutit Sun 29-Oct-17 20:25:10

If you’re from Portsmouth, it means an idiot!

“Don’t be a din!”
“The cat was being a din, so I’ve put him in the garden.”
“He’s dumped Lou, serve her right for being a din.”

Or, obviously a loud noise and in your case, a good example of basic phonics.

DontbeaDickaboutit Sun 29-Oct-17 20:27:18

So you can imagine our delight, as parents, when our reception aged children bring home books called “What a din!” and “The Din downstairs!”


RafaIsTheKingOfClay Sun 29-Oct-17 20:34:20

That's the one, noble. Then they both fall asleep and Sam starts making a din.

DustyOwl Sun 29-Oct-17 23:17:17

Oh those books are horrible. I teach in reception. I have lost count of the number of children who sound out the word "din" with such pride and then realise they haven't got a clue what it means. Even the plot twist at the end, where cheeky Tim is now sleeping and naughty Sam is going to tap (bang has too many phonemes in it) does not save it.
Have you got on to Kat and Dan with cogs? How many 4 year olds play with cogs in a tip?

I think I need a new job.

MrsHathaway Sun 29-Oct-17 23:23:08

Perhaps we could prime preschool teachers to introduce typical st1 phonics decodable words into conversation throughout the 3+ year so all of Reception are already au fait with tip/din/tap and other CVC constructions grin

Norestformrz Mon 30-Oct-17 05:11:05

*“*^*Early phonics books are utter shite. You have my sympathy.*^*”* You’ve obviously not experienced the joys of the alternative Look and Say books. Page 1 “Look!” Page 2 “Look!” Page 3 “Look!” Page 4 “Look!” Page 5 “Look!” Page 6 (you’ve guessed it! “Look!” Next Book Page 1 “Here” Page 2 well you get the picture

Rainatnight Mon 30-Oct-17 05:17:13

Jesus. Dreading this now. Hate hate bad reading books.

I used to do volunteer reading tuition at an inner city girls secondary and the books they were given as 'readers' were totally shite. I brought in my own books and (good quality) magazines and they became SO much more interested.

Norestformrz Mon 30-Oct-17 05:44:00

The problem is that most babies can’t run before they walk and most 4 and 5 year olds can’t read the same books as adults or even 6 year olds so they’ve got to learn and as in most thing we start from simple and progress to more complex.

shhhfastasleep Mon 30-Oct-17 05:55:41

Sorry but I think you need a dictionary.

Norestformrz Mon 30-Oct-17 06:57:09

I think MrsH May be onto something. I’m often shocked by children’s receptive vocabulary. It’s recognised that many more children are arriving at school with poor Language skills/knowledge than in past years so something needs to done.

Dusty don’t you have

HashtagTired Mon 30-Oct-17 08:08:49

Great contribution; very helpful shhhfastasleep 👍🏻

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MrsHathaway Mon 30-Oct-17 09:10:56

I think I have an idea of some beautifully illustrated books with interesting stories and the odd decodable word highlighted for the child to read:

Captain Poppy gave the cat a gentle pat and he stretched his back.

Then a classroom with six extra TAs to lead the children cosily through the book. Eventually more and more words would be decodable until the child is reading all of it.

Norestformrz Mon 30-Oct-17 18:10:36

*“*^*Captain Poppy gave the cat a gentle pat and he stretched his back.*^*”* The whole lot is easily decodable after a few weeks.

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