Hi, my name is Bethan, I am a mam of two primary school children, and I’ve created some language resources for parents/ carers with young children who are learning to read Welsh. If you are a Welsh learner (or don’t speak Welsh) and have decided to send your child to Welsh school, our website might be perfect for you.
It all came about as I watched friends and family struggle to engage with their children’s Welsh reading books and school materials during the Covid pandemic restrictions. Two things struck me during lockdown: that for many children, exposure to hearing the key words they needed for reading was halted during a very important developmental phase of language learning, and that those really special moments of sitting down and helping your child read their first words were so much harder for my non- Welsh speaking husband without a knowledge of Welsh pronunciation.
So, after quickly mocking up a couple of videos and audio books that proved popular with parents from my children’s schools, my husband and I built and developed the website Welsh Reading for Parents (welshreading.com). Its main aim is to enable parents/ carers of 3- 7 year-olds be just that one step ahead of their child’s reading by using videos, recordings and translations. Everything is designed to help you engage with the very books and materials your child may be reading at school.
As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of being actively involved in our children’s education especially at the very early stages. Our hope is that our website will give you the confidence and knowledge to assist your child with the early stages of Welsh reading, making the learning experience an enjoyable and rewarding one for you both.
If you’d like to find out more, or have any questions or comments, feel free to go to www.welshreading.com
We’d love to hear from you!