Children learn to read a new sound in a ‘green word’ in which children will spot the special friends and ‘Fred Talk’. Fred Talk is a way of saying each sound and then putting the sounds together to read the word. Eg s-t-ar-t – start. This is called ‘blending’. Once children are confident at ‘Fred Talking’ we encourage children to ‘Fred in their head’. This is a method where children say the sounds silently in their head and then read the word out loud. This helps develop children’s fluency. Once children are able to recognise a lot of words by sight, we encourage children to ‘speedy read’. We encourage children to just read the word instead of ‘Fred Talking’. This helps promote children’s fluency.
Below are PowerPoints containing words in the order that children are taught a new sound. Why don't you see which words your child can read up to?
These are the teaching steps we say to the children. Show your child a green word. Ask the child to spot the special friends (2 letters that make 1 sound - there may not be any) and then ask your child to 'Fred Talk'.
In the Read, Write, Inc. ‘red words’ are used to help the children recognise the fact that there are words that are tricky to read because you can not sound them out in the normal way. With your child, look for the parts of each word that they can sound out normally and then identify the parts that are tricky! Your child needs to be able to read these words on sight.
Take a look at this video which will inform you about what phonics is and why your child is is learning to read with phonics.
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