Does your child love looking at books?
Are you looking for ways to harness this curiosity and show them how to turn those funny squiggles we call letters into sounds so they can discover how to decode simple words? 

Do you sometimes look at hieroglyphics and become curious about the meaning? Similarly, your child may look at letters and want to do the same. Would you like your child to crack this code so they can read simple words?

Whether your child is curious, you are giving them extra support at home or you are home educating, this course will show you how to teach those first 19 letters and decode them – turning them into something they can read and make sense of.

As a teacher, I have seen many ‘lightbulb’ moments when children suddenly 'get this'. It is a great feeling of accomplishment that is awesome for both the child and the person showing them new skills. It is why many teachers are teachers. Seeing the letters e.g. c-a-t and actually understanding what this says is wonderful and this will enrich many children’s experiences with books. If they see themselves as readers they are onto a winner.

This course will show you how to do this. It will give you the necessary resources plus it has adapted how I and many other teachers in England would teach these at school to how you can teach this at home.

There is little you will need e.g. magnetic letters are useful, but I have shown you how you can adapt teaching if you don't have these. I have suggested items you may have at home to use as resources, so you may not have a cat to teach the ‘c’ sound but you might have carrots or cucumber to use.

This course will give you the skills and the know-how to teach early reading skills.

What is this course about?

This course

  • is a phonics course about how to teach decoding, blending and segmenting - skills which are necessary for reading
  • teaches the first 19 letters in a systematic way
  • shows you how to teach early reading and spelling skills
  • shows you how I would adapt what & how I would teach at school to how you can teach at home
  • is compatible with the successful Letters and Sounds guide that has been used in many schools in England
  • will show how you can help with some things that children may find tricky e.g. distinguishing between b,d, p and q


This course is for

  • home educators, parents, carers, childminders, nannies, au-pairs
  • anyone who would like to know more about teaching their child(ren) to read.
  • age range of children 4-5 years for reception class children
  • if your child is struggling in year 1 it might be useful to help them with the letters they find particularly tricky.

Why this course?

  • I have a wealth of knowledge as a teacher that I shall share with you.
  • There are lots of tips for example how to motivate a more reluctant reader who would rather be kicking a football around outside than do some 'proper learning'.
  • Showing you how o make learning engaging and fun.
  • You will see real progress in your child's reading ability.
  • You will become more confident in teaching your child.
  • Progress in your child's reading will mean they will progress academically in most other curriculum areas too. It can be tricky for children to catch up if they find reading challenging, so good early reading skills will give them a great foundation.

What will you need?

(You might think you will need lots of resources similar to what they have in schools - No you won't!)


  • a printer - although you can do a lot of the course using your screen there are some resources you will want to print off
  • whiteboard and pens - these are relatively inexpensive, I got mine for less than £5


  • magnetic letters and board
  • usual household objects for sorting - I shall give you lists to choose from
  • paper and pencils
  • clear plastic wallets or a laminator
  • Jolly Phonics cards
  • a folder to keep your notes in

How long?

  • This course will usually take about 6-8 weeks
  • Preparation - Print out what you need and gather some resources for the lesson.
  • Information- there is a lot of background information that is there for interest and non-essential so you can skip this. There are some videos that are useful to watch. The headings will indicate whether this is essential or background information so you can decide whether to listen.
  • The coursework and videos can be done just before you teach and you can have the plans up on your screen or printed out as an aide-memoire.

You will get:

  • An easy-to-follow comprehensive daily guide - what to teach, what words to use, how to teach this etc.
  • You can either follow this as a whole program, for example if you are home educating, or dip in if you know there are certain gaps in your child's understanding of decoding and reading and would like to support your child at home.
  • Strategies to use to make learning more successful
  • Useful resources to supplement the teaching - words, captions and games that go with each day's learning.
  • Information on how I (and many teachers) would record assessments to make this meaningful
  • Lesson plans to show you what you will be teaching.
  • Games to print off to make learning fun.
  • Suggestions for different activities to engage your child.
  • Videos to illustrate different ideas.

Young child reading

Being curious.

I love looking at books - these pictures are so interesting but what do these funny squiggles mean? I wish I knew.

Sharing my book
with my toy rabbit.

Being totally absorbed in sharing a story about space with my rabbit. Let's find out some more information and then I shall read an adventure story about Peter Rabbit to you!

Sharing a book with others.

"Look Mum, that word says d-o-g, I can read the dog sat on the cat! Woohoo, I can read" - sharing that enthusiasm when reading becomes easier!

Example Curriculum

  Introduction to Infant Owl course
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  Module 2 - General resources
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  Module 3 Videos
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  Module 4 - Games
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  Module 5 Phase 2 Week 1 s a t p
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  Module 6 Phase 2 Week 2 i n m d
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  Module 7 - Phase 2 Week 3 g o c k
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  Module 8 Phase 2 Week 4 ck e u r
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  Module 9 Phase 2 Week 5 h b f ff
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  Module 10 Phase 2 Week 6 l ll ss
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  Module 11 Phase 2 Week 7 Revision
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As you can see, I am a 'more mature' person who loves having fun like canoeing with friends, walking on the beach, having a coffee and sightseeing.

However I love teaching too! I have been working in different primary schools for over 20 years and I have had the privilege of teaching many, many wonderful children. Thank you if you are one of them and happen to see this.

I may not be super glamourous but that is ok as good looks won't make this course any better. I know how to teach, what works and also the pressure you are under as a busy parent trying to do your best for your children so that they can achieve their full potential.

You can find out more about my credentials and why I am the right person for giving you advice from my biography.

I don't want you to see this course as an onerous task but as an exciting time you can share with your child learning together, helping them become more competent and confident readers.

My own children are now grown up and looking back when they were the age your child is now, I found to be such a great and fascinating time. So much to absorb and learn. If you follow my course I hope you will enjoy this valuable time learning together, once this is gone you can't go back to this wonderful age as we haven't yet got a time machine!

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