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Read the Rainbow Challenge


Hi everyone,

Some of you have been asking me for advice about how to continue with the read the rainbow challenge while you are at home. I have uploaded pictures of a 'read the rainbow' challenge and also a 'tricky word olympics' challenge for those who may finish the rainbow. Beneath these pictures is a document which contains the cards from both challenges in case any of you want to print these out to use at home. There is a song which goes over all of the phase 3 tricky words and lots of suggested strategies to support your child with these words.


The idea with the read the rainbow challenge is that your child should be able to independently read and write each word on the card. When they are able to do this then they can move on to the next colour in the challenge. While completing each card, please ensure that your child understands the meaning of each word. This can be done by taking a minute or two to put each word into a verbal sentence before learning to read and write them. 


Remember these words are not phonetically decodable so your child will simply need to sight read the words. There are many strategies however that your child can use to learn to read and spell these words. It may be that your child finds one method particularly helpful but it is likely that a combination of strategies helps your child the most. I have demonstrated a variety of strategies at the bottom of this page which are suitable for various types of learning.


I hope that this helps,
Miss Heafford



Spelling Strategies:


Please see below some suggested strategies to help your child practise their spellings.



Magnetic letters are a fantastic way to practise spelling. Use them on your fridge or radiator to create a given word or hide them around the house and turn spelling into a hunt game... can you find the letters to make the word 'she'?


Creating silly sentences with a word is another great way to practise spelling. When practising the word 'the' you could write 'the cat is sat down on the mat', but your child is likely to be much more engaged if you come up with a sentence such as 'the cat has green hair and a red hat on'. 


While I am sure the sensory writing ideas will make some of you squirm (I know, the mess!) it is such a helpful way to support kinaesthetic and active learners as they can feel the word beneath their fingers. Less messy ways to do this include using sandpaper, drawing on someone's back or hand with their finger or creating a texture picture, for example writing a word (make it big) and then sticking rice or sand or glitter on top of it so that your child can trace over it with their finger when it is dry.