Time Grade R

Message 12

Young children learn from everything they see and hear around them and so it is important to help them develop their ability to look and listen carefully. With good listening skills children can understand what someone is talking about, they can follow instructions and they can complete tasks.


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Did you know that children will find it easier to learn to read and write if they are aware that the words we speak are made up of different sounds? Being able to hear the differences in sounds in words is an important skill for young children when they begin to learn to read and write.

Children will be able to hear the beginning sounds in words first. This will give your child a clue to what the rest of the word might be. When there are pictures of the word your child will use these as further clues to work out what the word is. It is important to use the sounds of the letters for example ‘a’ as in ant or ‘d’ as in drum.