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If you have to practice dolch words, why not be beautiful about it? Thanks to author and illustrator Jan Brett, your little someone can learn in style. Among other things, she provides spectacularly illustrated word lists which are free to print.

After printing out the word list, a run through the laminating machine will keep them looking pristine.

Just a few minutes a day will help your child read more quickly. Immediate word recognition takes a lot of the work out of the decoding practice that is learning to read.

Learning number facts can also be daunting and uninspiring, yet can be the difference between a child confident to tackle maths, and one who finds the whole business overwhelming.

Printing out a simple table in excel with coloured background and contrasting number colour, I have illustrated it with pictures from an old May Gibbs calender, again laminating it. Using pictures of your child’s favourite character, allowing them to browse catalogues or magazines for pictures, or using colourful stickers will help make number facts less intimidating.

For absolute beginners, I ask the child the questions while they have the answer sheet to look at. After asking 10 – 7, and receiving the answer 3, I will then ask 10 – 3, so that the relationship becomes apparent. When we are bored with that, I ask for the number facts for 10 subtraction to be modelled with Cuisenaire rods.

The beginning of the school year with new readers can be labour intensive for mothers and educators, but the little extra time it takes to drill with sight words and number facts builds confidence, and thus makes the learning journey more of a joy for all.

For lots of useful learning helps and activities, visit the Jan Brett homepage.

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