Suggestions to Reinforce Literacy Skills at Home
Give them opportunities to take part in different types of writing (shopping list, email, diary, story, information).
Try the following strategies for learning spellings:
Look, say, cover, write, check
Build the word with magnetic letters
Look for a word within a word- e.g. minute
Make a silly sentence- e.g. I will eat a nut in a minute
Play words games:
Verbal scrabble: Say a word and child has to say a word beginning with the letter the first word ended with, take turns. Words cannot repeat even if letters repeat.
Describing/memory game (adjectives): Pick an object/subject from immediate environment for example; dog, house, car, motorbike, ice cream, beach…
Say one adjective and get the next person to add another describing word. For example: Small dog, white dog, spotty dog, dirty dog and so on….
You can increase the level of difficulty and get the next person to remember previous adjectives and add their own eg ‘the small, white, spotty, dirty dog.