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Safety In Cyberspace.

Safety in cyberspace is an essential issue for all parents to address in this age where many resources for improving children's literacy and numeracy skills are accessed online. Children now spend a lot of time on the internet using various devices. As a parent it is important for you to ensure that their time on the web is used constructively and not in areas that will put your child at risk.
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Literacy Websites for Use at Home

The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.
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How To Assess The Readability of a Book

Reading is all about making meaning from what we read. Readability literally means how easy or difficult a book is for a reader to read and access the meaning.

There are numerous examples of readability formulas and scoring methods that have been developed by literacy researchers around the world and you can read about these on a number of websites but a general rule of thumb you can use at home is as follows:

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Questions to Ask Your Children To Help Them Understand What They Read

Children, especially young children who are just learning to read, can often say the words on the page but when asked questions about the story, or the information book, demonstrate that they have no understanding of what they have just read. Often they can be so busy using all their mental energy trying to decode each word that they simply lose the meaning.
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How to Help Children Understand Critical Literacy When Reading

Critical literacy involves readers in actively analysing texts in such a way as to discover underlying, as well as obvious, messages. This requires a critical and questioning approach when reading. It is much more than simply decoding the words and having a basic understanding of what they mean. Being critically literate enables a person to discuss with other people the different meanings a text might have and encourages readers to be flexible in their thinking about what a text is actually saying to them as well as other readers.
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What is Phonics - Helping Your Child Master Phonics

What is Phonics (the Sounds of Language)

Learning to master phonics is part of your child's development. Phonics is the connection between letters and sounds in our language. Phonemes are the small units of sound that make up a word and graphemes are the way we write the sounds.

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How to Choose Books for, and with, Your Children

From a very early age, children love books: receiving books as gifts, or enjoying selecting a range of books from the local school or town libraries. They are never too young to join a library and to begin choosing books that catch their eye. By being members of a library they will have access to thousands of books to read without the financial burden of your having to purchase them. However, how to choose books to enhance their reading is sometimes a challenge.
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Why Poetry is Important

Poetry is one of the world’s ancient forms of human communication and was used long before words were ever recorded in written form. Poetry has played an important part in the oral traditions of every race and it was often through poetry that important cultural knowledge was handed from generation to generation.   All children can engage with poems actively and enjoyably regardless of their academic achievements and abilities. Engaging your children with poetry makes an essential contribution to the development of their literacy skills and learning about language.

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Children's Writing - How To Support It.

Children's writing skills can be encouraged at home as well as school. There are many opportunities for ‘real life’ writing within the family’s everyday activities. You could ensure that your children have access to a small desk or table space at which they can sit and practise their writing and a box or shelf containing some or all of the following:
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How To Help Your Child Write a Story

  A ‘story’ is the everyday term we use for a narrative, which is a piece of fictional writing. Stories are narratives that entertain us because they contain elements of suspense and expectation in the revealing of unusual and/or unexpected...

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Identification of Letters and Numerals

To assist young children’s development in moving from scribble to the use of letters and numerals in their attempts at writing and beginning to recognise letters and numerals as they read or have stories read to them, the following resources can be used in the home and outdoor environment to help them learn how to identify and form letters and numerals and to begin writing their names and attempts at known words.
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