ECaR News

imageIn the last few months I have been trying to include more children in the ECaR programme. It means that some of the tried out and successful strategies supporting children’s learning to read were used not just with the individual children but with the  small groups of children as well. It has been a challenging trial and hopefully more children will benefit from the intensive and precise learning to read support that the ECaR programme can offer!! Watch this space!!

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10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read: 

1. Choose a quiet time

Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to ‘sound out’ words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than ‘alphabet names’.

4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Success is the key

Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember ‘Nothing succeeds like success’. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

6. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

7. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.

8. Communicate

Your child will most likely have a reading diary from school. Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

9. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

10. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.

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How Reading is Taught

Reading can be taught in a combination of ways:

  • The Look and Say method (sometimes known as the Whole Word or Sight method) where a child learns to recognise a word by sight through looking at it a number of times.
  • The Whole Sentence method is similar to Look and Say except a child memorises a whole sentence which usually has an accompanying picture.
  • The Phonic method uses the sounds of letters or letter groups. By learning the sounds a child has a strategy for de-coding a word which can be ‘sounded out’.
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I was so impressed with the standard of entries that I have  decided that:

if you are: TAHIYA  from Yellow 3

                       ASHLYN  from Yellow3

                         ANGAD  from Yellow 2

      and           OLTA  from Yellow 1


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 As before the competition is open to children in Yellow Base. To win a prize you have to read the e-book and then construct three sentences from the story. They will appear as the sentence puzzles. The winner’s name will be drawn from all the correct entries and I will let you know who is the winner after the Easter Holidays!

Click here to read the story.

And here are the sentence puzzles:

1. was   friendly  very   the   She   the   in   with   woods   animals

2.  is    love   Her   me   biggest  the   world    for   in   thing   the

3.  They    Nikini   asleep  on  went   stumbled    rabbit   a   until   upon   fast   was   who


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The Sentence Puzzle

In the ECaR lessons children write a short story and make it into a sentence puzzle. They reconstruct the sentence, re-read it and take it home to try to do it independently.

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Words for Life


Dear Parents!

If you want to find out how  to encourage your child to read, how to help with reading and activities to try at home …




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Competition Results

Thank you Areeba and Tahiya from Yellow 3 for your entries! Hope you have enjoyed reading the story. Tahiya,  all your answers except the first one are correct. Well done!! But you Areeba got all of them right and you were the first to post your comment so you are the WINNER!!!!   CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will invite you to choose your prize this week! Look out for more competitions in the near future!!
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You  need to be in YELLOW BASE  to enter this competition !! 

Go to the link below and read the book, then answer the following questions about the story in Comments. The first person who answers the questions correctly will win a small prize!!

 Click here

1. Who was the leader of the Swamp Gang?

2. What was the practical joke the Swamp Gang played one night?

3. How did Tyrone learn his lesson?

4. What would you do to stop Tyrone being a bully?


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Reading lots of books

In each lesson  every child reads 2 or 3 books that they have read before. Reading familiar books improves confidence, reinforces known vocabulary and brings enjoyment to reading as it’s usually successful.



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