Tag Archives: phonics

Changing views on Dyslexia

The APM Report below sheds some very interesting light on how people’s opinions are starting to change about reading instruction.  America Public Media (APM) Reports strive to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change via non-partisan, independent investigation and … Continue reading

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Why is it easier to spell in some languages than others?

Whether we are writing/reading in English or Spanish, the challenge should be the same, but is it?  Why are we teaching only phonics in a language like English that I am told is only 46% phonetically correct?  How do we learn homophones … Continue reading

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What will the Election do to Education?

My professional passion is to ensure that “No student has a reading and writing age level below their chronological age.” We know this can be done, but it needs to start early and ensure that every child has the ability … Continue reading

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Is imposing Synthetic phonics “almost abuse”

According to Andrew Davis, research fellow at Durham University, insisting that children who can already read when they start school must learn synthetic phonics is “almost a form of abuse”.  There are several reports about his publication To read or … Continue reading

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One simple question to transform literacy challenges

Fluent reading and accurate spelling is dependent on people being able create a mental image of a word in their mind’s eye. Not the shape of it, the actual word.  Ask anyone who is skilled, to spell a difficult word … Continue reading

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One of the reasons for London riots now blamed on poor literacy

  In the latest report many reasons have been given including  this one reported by the Telegraph, “Among its recommendations are that schools should be penalised if pupils leave without being able to read or write and that prison leavers … Continue reading

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