Helping Children to Read - Review & Free Resources

Reading has never been a difficulty for my children, a subconcious skill they acquire from a young age. As a family of avid readers we regularly sit together to read, sometimes reading poetry out aloud, at other times we are engrossed in our own story books, either way, we sit together to read as a family. The younger ones see this and yearn to do the same. DD4 will take out her chunky board books and picture books, and sit with us around the fireplace. This has encouraged her to learn to read and she has been sounding out the words herself and now happily reads away. But reading doesn't always come easy to some children, they need extra help to chunk up words and understand the sounds. I have been reading this interesting book from Helping Children to Read which gives parents the tools to find out why their children are struggling to read. 


The Helping Children to Read website is packed with information and free resources on literacy, dyslexia, and the challenges faced by parents, teachers and children faced with the task of learning to read.

'The inconsistent phonics rules, the endless sight words, the boring early reader books… it’s no wonder that learning to read can be so frustrating for so many children, teachers and parents.
Imagine something different.

What if there was a different way to teach children to read – without sight words and without phonics rules? A way that was fun, easy, and actually worked with your child’s learning strengths? There is: trainertext visual phonics (TVP).

TVP teaches reading the way the brain wants to learn: it’s visual, fun, and skills-based. With the help of visual prompts, a child can easily decode words correctly, even tricky ones. It’s ideal for visual learners, dyslexics, beginners, or struggling readers. Parents, teachers, and kids (yes!) rave about it.'


We have been using the Trainertext card set this week, a colourful set of visual phonics which help children overcome their reading struggles. Each image represents a sound in the English language. For example, the Toad About to Explode represents the /t/ sound. DD4 easily read the fun, simple sentences and understood the sound each card related to. She then made some simple words to sound out. The cards are a great visual resource that children are easily drawn to, with their cute characters and quirky phrases. Coupled with reading books and phonics games, these cards will help children to develop their reading skills and instil in them a love of books. 

DD4 has been using the cards to learn about some of the sounds she is currently learning. They have helped her to understand that sometimes some letters will sound differently. Now when she sees the sound written in her books, she quickly recognises this and sounds the words out, correcting herself as she reads. 


Is your child struggling to read? Then maybe you would like to read more about Trainertext or try out their free resources on the Helping Children to Read website here





Disclaimer: We were sent this book and card set for review purposes and all opinions are my own. 















Disclaimer: These products were sent to us in order to review and all opinions are my own. 

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