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By Helen BromleyAuthor of m is for me! The ideas and activities here are taken from Helen’s book (reproduced by kind permission of Yellow Door)

Venture into the undergrowth and meet some surprising creatures, with these ideas and activities in the last in our phonics series

Caterpillar on leaf

Image © Lisa Valder/www.istockphoto.com

Alphabets are a key resource in any educational setting. Working with alphabets gives all children the opportunity to encounter letters and sounds with which they are familiar – perhaps from knowledge of their names, or those of their friends, family or pets. It is empowering for young children to know letter names from an early stage, as it gives them a means to talk about the discoveries and observations that they are making as their awareness of written language grows and develops.

m is for me! by Helen Bromley (Yellow Door, £25) shows you how to create personalised alphabets with children, and also provides two ready-made onscreen alphabets, based around children’s predictable centres of interest. This month’s article looks at the minibeast alphabet.

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