Green Level - beginning to read
Now you’ve started them on their journey, you’ll marvel as your child begins to learn to read. Kids will also get excited as they learn new sounds and words, and you can support them, transforming a tough challenge into an exciting and enjoyable pastime.
By this Green Level (4-6 years), your child is likely to
• Be familiar with using phonics and simple context clues to work out unknown words.
• Use their knowledge of consonant blends, such as bl, ,gr, and sm, common word endings, such as plurals, ing and ed, and word parts, such as prefixes and suffixes.
• Be aware of the need for a slight pause at commas and a longer one at full stops, and begin to alter their expression for questions and exclamations.
Learning to read, especially in the early stages, can seem like a big challenge to a child, and one that requires a lot of effort. By getting involved in reading with them, you can make learning both fun and easier. Here are a few tips on ways to make the experience more rewarding, for children who have moved onto the Green Level.
1. Getting them interested
Congratulations! You’re child has moved up to a new level with a range of exciting stories to choose from – rockets and spaceships, sleepy critters or wild animals. Now it’s time to get them interested: a good place to start is to read the text on the back cover with them, then ask them what they know already about the subject. Next, enjoy flipping through the book together, stopping at any image that your child finds interesting and wants to chat about.
Developing an interest is key to developing a lifetime love of reading. As you chat with your child, use the words that are on the page and point to the words in the text or labels. This will make the next step of reading the words feel familiar and less daunting.
2. Let’s read!
After discussing the book, your child is likely to be motivated to get stuck in and find out more. As your child reads, it’s helpful for you to encourage them to move their finger along under the words to keep their focus. For unfamiliar words, join with your child in breaking the word down into syllables to sound out and then flow the sounds together.
When there’s a question mark or an exclamation mark, encourage your child to vary their voice as they read the sentence. You can demonstrate how to do this if it helps them.
3. Praise and chat
At the end of a page, have a chat about what you’ve both found out from the text. The words in the picture boxes can also be found on page 32 of the books. Encourage your child to think about the meaning of these words.
And once they’re done, don’t forget to help them to fill out the Certificate of Reading and enjoy the free stickers!
A few additional tips
* If there’s any speech, point out the speech marks on the page, and demonstrate how the speech can be read with expression.
* Try to read together everyday. Little and often is best. Ten minutes is about right to start with; only keep going if your child wants to read on.
* Read other books to your child, just for enjoyment.
Find out more about the next reading level - Gold