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Useful for teaching Preschool Literacy and Reading and Spelling Book 1 & 2.

There may already be many useful things in your home or school that can be used to help teach early literacy in a fun way with your learners. From finding and pasting pictures beginning with a certain letter into a scrapbook to painting letters on the footpath with water, there are many ways to encourage learning.

Here is a list of helpful resources you can have at home for helping to establish letter and sound relationships:

  • Sandboxwww.simplyreading.co.nz-crayons-preschool-literacy-made-easy
  • Non-toxic paints and finger paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue and glitter
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Lots of cardboard
  • Spare blank paper
  • Coloured paper and card
  • Soft, wide-tip pencils
  • Scissors, rubber bands
  • Crayons, coloured pencils, chalk, felt pens
  • Pictures in magazines, catalogues, newspapers
  • Scrapbook

Buy A Good Dictionary

We highly recommend having a good dictionary in your home. There are some simple, pictorial dictionaries are available for young learners, but it is essential to gradually introduce the normal school-type dictionary and teach your learner how to use it.

Extra Reading Ideas for Beginners or ‘Book Shy’ Learners

For additional resources and ideas see the Reading and Spelling Made Simple Teaching Guide available from our Orders page.