Language @ HoL focuses on:
- Reading ~ Phonics ~ making sure each child is familiar with the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. We use the Jolly Phonics program to make sure your child knows the 42 distinct phonemes (sounds) in the English Language. We use real and nonsense words to practise using letter sounds (sounding out nonsense words tells us if your child has mastered the letter sound). We want to help your child become a confident and fluent reader.
- Reading ~ the daily five.
- Read to Self ~ we encourage children to read to themselves;
- Work on Writing ~ we work on writing, from letters to words to sentences and beyond;
- Word Work ~ we work on rimes (~at, ~it etc) , syllables, missing letters etc;
- Read to Someone ~ we can send reading books home and the children will read in our program both to Miss Sarah and to the other children in the program;
- Listen to Reading ~ all of our monthly themes are based around books, and these books will be read to the children during each session.
- Writing ~ we practise writing every day, and if we see your child writing letters in a way that will trip then up later on in their school career, we will help with the correct letter formation. We also write in many different mediums such as paint, shaving foam, play dough and 'rainbow colours' to keep children engaged and interested. We focus on writing lower case letters as this is the letter your child will read most of the time. We also vary the fonts, so your child gets used to recognizing the same letter written in different ways.
- High frequency words (sight words) ~ we will work with each child to identify which high frequency words they need to work on. The goal is help your child read fluently. Many high frequency words can be sounded out using phonics, and we will encourage that. We play games to support the learning of high frequency words, and can share these games if you would like to support your child at home. We target the words your child needs to work on, not the words that the whole group needs to work on. We also practice, practice, practice.