Phonics and Foundation Literacy
At Ardtornish we use the "Read Write Inc" Reading Program (RWI) to teach foundation students to read. (click here to visit the program's site for parents)
RWI is a synthetic phonics approach to teaching reading which ensures students first develop a correct understanding of the reading process, before they begin to read simple phonic based texts.
Students bring home their first RWI 'reader' after about 8 or 10 weeks of phonics instruction.
Download the booklet "When will my child bring home a reader?" for a full explanation of the thinking behind this process and what you can do to support your child, prior to them beginning to read their first RWI books.
To understand more about the systematic and lively 'READ WRITE INC' programme we use to enable your child to become a confident and fluent reader at their first attempt, and how you can support them at home, download the 'Home Support booklet'.
How to rapidly teach letter sounds at home.
Even before your child begins at school you might like to teach them the sounds of the alphabet by playing some simple card games.
Here are the downloadable instructions for doing this.
We chose to make up our own alphabet cards, rather than using those that come with the RWI program, so we can freely give them away.
Your child will use these cards when they start school.
Their teacher will introduce them to multiple sounds for some letters but when learning at home you only need to teach one sound per letter
The alphabet game cards you'll need to play the games come in two printing styles.
- Style 2 - Cards for printing on a duplex printer
(These cards are designed to use if your print can do automatic 2 sided printing.)
The alphabet posters we use in the classroom can also be downloaded here.
An example of the decodable R.W.I. books your child will use when they first begin to read.
Helping your child to read at home
This video explains synthetic phonics and gives parents suggestions for supporting their child's reading development.