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Using letters to learn letters

Reading time: 0-5 minutes

‘Postie’s been.’ Even simple things like flyers and letters can help your children with their reading. They might enjoy reading to you about neighbourhood watch or bin collections.

Tips to try at home

Tip #1: Read new words

Explaining how letters get to your house can be a great story in itself! You could talk about how the postman uses the information on the envelope - your name, address and postcode - to work out where to deliver the letter. You can sound out the letters and read the name on the envelope together - and then have fun opening it.

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Tip #2: Read the letter

You could pick any letter or leaflet that comes through the door, Then, point out words and sound them out together. To help keep your child interested, while you’re reading the letter you could talk to them about what it means or even how they’d make it better.

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Tip #3: Write a reply

Once you’ve read through a letter or email with your child, you could talk about what it means, then help your them write a response. You can have fun reading it over together.

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This article was created as part of

Read Write Count

Last updated: 31 Oct, 2018


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