What to do with this activity?
Learning to recognise and to use capital letters is something that comes with time and practice over very many years. At this age your child is at the very beginning of that learning journey. When you are reading with them, perhaps at bedtime, notice together how:
1) All the names of characters in the story start with a capital letter.
2) All the sentences start with a capital letter.
3) The names of places, like countries and towns, start with a capital letter.
4) The names of the days of the week and of the months of the year each start with a capital letter.
5) People's names start with a capital letter. What's the capital letter at the beginning of your child's name?
If your seven year old child is ready, let them have some fun with this online game, called Magical Capitals.
The written word is everywhere and by pointing out words around you everyday, your child will realise the usefulness of reading and how it brings information and knowledge of the wider world into your lives.
Reading together shows your child that you think reading is important. It helps your child to link the words on the page to how they are spoken and to begin to recognise words.
Encourage your child to read by giving them books or information about what they are interested in, for example, if they are interested in cars, give them books about cars – it’s a great motivator. Use comics, magazines and newspapers to provide lots of new words and facts. Your child can use the pictures for information about the words they are reading.
Read longer books to your child. This will help with memory.
You could do ‘paired reading’ – your child chooses a book or comic to read.
- At first, both of you read aloud together. When the child is ready, they carry on reading alone.
- If they don’t know a word, you say it for them and both of you continue to read together until they are ready to read alone again.
- No pressure is made to get them to read by themselves. They only do it when they are ready. This is useful with older children when they find text books difficult.
Your child might like to practise their reading skills by reading to younger children.
Discuss with your child’s teacher if they are having difficulty reading.
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