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While the sun is out and the weather warm (or mostly warm, if you live in Britain like we do!), get into the great outdoors and practice… phonics.

Yes, phonics!

The wonderful blog, Living Montessori Now, has 20 fantastic suggestions for building phonemic awareness away from your desk. See the full article here:

I especially like:

  • making letters out of leaves and twigs
  • water balloons alphabet
  • phonics sound jumping

If you’ve got 3-5 year olds, definitely check it out!

Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for Oxford Learning Solutions, makers of the Easyread System. Easyread uses groundbreaking visual phonics to help struggling learners with reading and spelling. Find out more at