Name Tag Reading/Writing. A quick an easy activity to do at the start of each lesson. For under 4s: make name tags in different colors for each S and have them try and pick out their name tags (they'll soon be able to choose the correct tag). For 5s and over: for the firs 10 or so lessons give Ss name tags (that stick to their shirts) with their names written on in light pencil for them to trace over. Next move on to having the Ss copy their names each class. Finally, Ss will be able to write their names on their tags without any help.
Parent Guided Reading. Research (Cameron & Bava Harji, 2000) has shown that encouraging parents to read English books with their children can result in "enormous progress in literacy and oral language skills" being made. Importantly, children should be allowed to choose the books they want to hear and read. For more details see "Teaching Languages to Young Learners" by Lynne Cameron (2001, CUP).
Reading Website. www.starfall.com is a great site for teaching kids to learn to read. It has 15 online interactive books with sound, such as "Zac the Rat" and "My Family". All the stories come with an educational game and some also have a movie to watch. As the site explains: "This program was created to meet the needs of the emergent reader by incorporating rhyming games and high-interest books that teach phonemic awareness (sounds in words), phonics, decoding skills, and comprehension. The program is designed to instill confidence and enable the child to proceed as quickly as possible to a balanced reading program".
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