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There’s a letter through the door!

‘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.

Read the name

Sound out the name on the envelope.

Try it out: 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.

Read the letter

Why not read a letter that’s come in the post together?

Try it out: 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.

Write a reply

You don’t have to stop at reading a letter, leaflet or email - you could write a reply together.

Try it out: 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.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Get your child to think up a tasty feast their toys might enjoy – and then get them to write everything down in a shopping list. They could think about how many potatoes they’d need to buy? What’s for dessert?

Singing counting songs such as 5 currant buns, 10 green bottles, can be a great way to help your child count backwards.

Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?