Phonics is a widely used way of learning to read and spell words that are taught right from the beginning of school. Learning phonics begins in reception or primary one when children are four or five-years-old, where they start learning the initial sound for each letter of the alphabet.

This method of reading breaks down letters (and groups of letters) into manageable blocks of sounds (or phonemes) that little learners then ‘blend’ to read whole words. Once little minds start to understand this method of learning, they can then use this knowledge to decode new words – all of which forms the building blocks for good literacy.

Ladybird I’m Ready for Phonics: Say the Sounds

This big, bold book is an appealing introduction to phonics – perfect for pre-schoolers, it works on the initial sound for every letter of the alphabet.  Each page focuses on a letter and is packed with bright illustrations of familiar and fun objects and animals that begin with that sound. Children will love saying the fun words out loud and practising adventurous new words.  

Captain Comet's Space Party Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1

Captain Comet’s Space Party uses simple language and engaging, humorous stories to help children develop their phonics skills. It’s carefully written to give gradual, structured practice and is full of handy advice for families on how to use the book so they can get the most out of it. Most importantly, the story and illustrations are genuinely funny and engaging – children will be so absorbed in helping Captain Comet prepare for his party, they won’t notice they’re beginning to learn the building blocks of reading.

Ladybird I'm Ready... to Look and Say!

This is a lovely book to share with small children, with lots of question and prompts for grownups to keep them interested in each page. Arranged by themes such as ‘At home’ or ‘At the zoo’, each two-page spread presents a familiar environment and children are then encouraged to name the objects and sounds they see. This works as an early vocabulary builder, gearing young learners for the words they’ll be using and eventually reading, in the classroom.

Workbook 3: I’m Ready for Phonics

A brilliant activity book that supports early phonics learning, the third I’m Ready for Phonics workbook encourages children to pick out environmental noises and the initial sounds for each word. There are over 50 stickers for little learners to use as they group objects by their initial letter or the sounds they make. This is a fun way to build confidence at home and will get children off to a flying start in the classroom.

Knock! Knock!: Ladybird I’m Ready to Read

A gorgeous, rollicking rhyming story following the antics of familiar farmyard animals as they investigate a mysterious new object, which turns out to be a ‘who’ not an ‘it’ when the tortoise finally reveals herself. This is a fun book to read aloud with small children, introducing them to some of the vocabulary and environmental sounds they will encounter in their early years and foundation stages at primary school. 

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