Parents and Carers
Starting your child on the road to reading is very exciting! Reading at home is vital for the development of children’s literacy skills, especially vocabulary and comprehension. By making reading part of your daily routine, you can help your child build a strong foundation for academic success and a lifelong love of reading.
On this page you'll find videos, articles and resources to support you and your child with literacy at home.
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Register for a free webinar ...
Our free webinar schedule includes a range of webinars on various topics for teachers, school leaders, private practitioners and parents. Each 40-minute webinar includes an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic. Topics include an introduction to decodable books, spelling, fluency and phonemic awareness.Register for free webinars
Not sure where to start? Try watching a recording of one of our free webinars: 'An Introduction to Little Learners Love LIteracy'.
Listen to a podcast ...
Listen to this short podcast from Kiddpedia for a short guide to early literacy education. In this podcast Kiddipedia interview Olivia Durnan, Little Learners Love Literacy's Teacher Consultant and Coach, asking her all the questions you want answered as your child starts school.
You can also read a blog on the topic here.
Watch some short videos ...
The Little Learners Love Literacy YouTube Channel is a great resource for parents - from 'how to' videos to examples of home reading in action the channel is always growing so be sure to follow it. We've selected a few key videos below to get you started.
Read some articles ...
The information available about early reading and writing learning is vast! Here are a couple of articles you might like to read for background information.
- What is Little Learners Love Literacy?®
- What is 'the science of reading'?
- Blog: The role of parents in reading instruction
- Phonics Vs phonemic awareness
- The Little Learners Love Literacy® scope and sequence
If you have some resources at home - either shared by the school, borrowed from the library or purchased yourself - you might find some of thee 'how to' articles of interest too:
Tips for reading at home together
How can you help your child at home?
Read to your child
Read many varied books to your child – from home, your local library or child’s school library – and talk about what you have read. Choosing a quiet time, such as bedtime, can help build an easy and fun reading routine.
Play with sounds
Play sound games such as I Spy – be careful to use the ‘pure’ sound e.g. ‘mmmm’ not ‘muh’ or ‘em’. You can access a video demonstration of pure sounds on the YouTube Channel @littlelearnersloveliteracy. If your child’s school uses Little Learners Love Literacy®, look out for Milo’s letters which include ideas for talk and play at home.
Listen to your child read
Children should only be asked to read decodable books which practise the letter-sound relationships they have learned at school so far. Whilst your child is reading their decodable book, encourage them to use their knowledge to sound out and blend unknown words – no guessing required!
Support writing practice
Children need lots of practice opportunities to master the phonics knowledge and skills they are being taught (perhaps even more than you think). Completing activities sent home in book bags and playing some LLLL games at home can give children valuable practice opportunities.
Don't put too much pressure on home reading and learning - play, talk, practise!
Click sections below for ideas and tips:
View some resources ...
At Little Learners Love Literacy® we believe all children can be successful readers, writers, and spellers. They just need the right tools, explicit teaching, plenty of practice and your support. We highly recommend parents ask their local libraries for decodable books or download our apps, but if you're looking to buy resources at home visit our 'learn and play at home' collection in our online shop. It includes our two discounted parent packs are filled with engaging and focussed resources and activities to help teach your child to read, write and spell with confidence at home.Visit the 'Learn and play at home' shop