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Outspell is a free online game from Arkadium which is a bit like Scrabble but the scoring system is a little easier. It's a fun way of learning to spell and for discovering new words.
Start by choosing the easiest level (it's hard enough we think). The game will offer you six letters. Using these, place your first word on the board, making sure it touches the centre space. When you "submit" your word, the computer will build a word off of yours. Continue building words until there are no more letter tiles available. See if you can improve your score each time.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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