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"Bricks and Mortar":
Basic Reading Skills


Index to Bricks and Mortar : Basic Reading Skills

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

The full
Bricks and Mortar system comprises 116 Disks (with accompanying
Notes pages) and 3 sheets of letters (lower case, upper case and combined),
plus 5 pages of Prelims which precede the Notes and Disks pages.

All 116 of the Disks are now "on line" so you can
try them out with your child/ren - either "non-readers" or those who are
having difficulty with reading and tending to "guess at" words.

It's recommended that each child starts from the beginning (to ensure that the earliest stages are fully understood before progressing) - the whole course should take less than 2 hours to read through fully, so starting anywhere other than "the beginning" tends to be counter-productive.

The Notes pages below accompany each related Disk - you can read the relevant page to your "apprentice reader" or, if time is a problem, you can dictate the Notes (with 'pauses' where needed) onto a cassette tape for your child to listen to whilst looking at the Disks.

You may be surprised at how quickly this system teaches children to "look at the letters" rather than guessing at word shapes. The Disks are deceptively simple - and experience seems to suggest that the first 40 or so Disks (practised for only a few minutes each day) are sufficient to help children get "back on track" with word structures.

Once their interest in words is "sparked" they will want to get on with exploring actively in books, rather than looking at the Disks - and this is how it should be. It's important to use "structured" books with linked words (like the early stages of the Oxford reading tree, or the simple Ladybird books) in these early stages, so that the new-found confidence and interest isn't dissipated by being faced with too many unfamiliar words - but within three months of being confident with the first 40 Disks in the series, you should find your child will graduate from the "structured-stages" books to a wider range of simple reading.

Index to the 116 Notes pages is as below. Each page is linked to the Disks page with the same number, as well as to the previous Notes page and the following one. Each Notes page should print out onto a single page of A4 [as should the Disk pages], though in some cases you may perhaps need to adjust the percentage settings on your printer..

Plastic insert folders (for ring-binders and lever arch files) can be used for storing your pages (notes on left, disks on right) or you are welcome to laminate - both systems allow for the "wipe clean" factor. You will find the cover page (which can be printed in colour) and the other four preliminary pages, in the "Prelims" section.

page 1 page 2 page 3 page 4
page 5 page 6 page 7 page 8
page 9 page 10 page 11 page 12
page 13 page 14 page 15 page 16
page 17 page 18 page 19 page 20

page 21 page 22 page 23 page 24
page 25 page 26 page 27 page 28
page 29 page 30 page 31 page 32
page 33 page 34 page 35 page 36
page 37 page 38 page 39 page 40

page 41 page 42 page 43 page44
page 45 page 46 page 47 page 48
page 49 page 50 page 51 page 52
page 53 page 54 page 55 page 56
page 57 page 58 page 59 page 60

page 61 page 62 page 63 page 64
page 65 page 66 page 67 page 68
page 69 page 70 page 71 page 72
page 73 page 74 page 75 page 76
page 77 page 78 page 79 page 80

page 81 page 82 page 83 page 84
page 85 page 86 page 87 page 88
page 89 page 90 page 91 page 92
page 93 page 94 page 95 page 96
page 97 page 98 page 99 page 100

page 101 page 102 page 103 page 104
page 105 page 106 page 107 page 108
page 109 page 110 page 111 page 112
page 113 page 114 page 115 page 116

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