This week has been dominated by phonics with parent workshops in both Daisy and Jake’s classes. I love being able to see how they learn at school. It’s really interesting to see the methods they use to teach phonics to the different age groups. I also found it slightly embarrassing at how much of the terminology they use I had to look up to see what it meant. It comes to something when your six-year-old knows more English than you do !
In Daisy’s class we watched the kids learn tricky words using a song and a visual. There were also tables set up with lots of activities like phonics bingo and snakes and ladders. It gave me some good ideas of some simple things we can do at home to help Daisy. Her teacher also gave us some paperwork with lots of useful information on including some websites with fun games on too.
Later on in the week, parents were invited to observe a phonics session in nursery. Jake doesn’t really tell me anything about his mornings in school so it was lovely to be able to see for myself. The class is spilt into smaller groups depending upon what they need practice with. I watched Jake play a rhyming game called silly soup which was lots of fun.
I came away with so many ideas of how to help them both with their phonics learning. Our school have lots of parent workshops throughout the school year which I think is a really good idea.
You might enjoy my previous word of the week post, Tired.