Today we are going on a reading hunt!
In order to reinforce your child’s learning of phonics we would like you to create a reading hunt. Attached are two lists of words, phase 2 and phase 3, both include words that your child can build phonetically using their sounds and tricky high-frequency word knowledge that are required to be learnt through sight. You will be able to identify which level your child is currently working at from the weekly phonics sheets they have been bringing home.
We would like you to print and cut out the words or write your own if you are not able to print, and either hide them or hang them around the house. Encourage your child to hunt for the words remembering to tell them how many there are in total to add some numeracy skills! Upon finding them ask your child to try and read the word in front of them. Encourage them to use their sounds and blend them together to achieve this. Any words that your child reads correctly will then be kept by them. See how many they can get right and save this as their score. You could repeat this later in the day or week to see if they can beat their score from today!
Need a stepping stone?
We have designed this activity so that your child should be able to access this if they are studying Phase 2 phonics. If your child is still finding this activity challenging we suggest starting with a small amount of flashcards for your reading hunt and building it up over the week. Spend time looking at the flashcards after each daily hunt to reinforce what they have learnt or to help embed new skills. Ideally your child should be practising these sounds and high-frequency words daily to help them to make progress with their phonics.
Need a further challenge?
If your child whizzes through the activity as they are confident with their phonics then they can become high-frequency word and sound detectives. If you have a magnifying glass, hollow lensed glasses and a detective cap and hat you could really make it more engaging and dress up for the part (although not essential so don't worry if you haven't!). Choose a book - any one that takes their interest and ask them to find any phonic sounds they know or high-frequency words that they find tricky. Ask them to write down each one they fine or tack a post-it note by it. How many can they find? To make it even harder you could time them!