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Group work—routine for reading a decodable book in class

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Download the guide to group work now! Learning to read is hard work. It is helpful to prepare students for reading a decodable book so that they experience success and enjoy their achievement. Here is a routine for group work that prepares students for reading success. Step 1: Word-building with target sounds/letters Skill: phonemic awareness…

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Where does the Science of Reading go from here?

Where does the Science of Reading go from here?

By Tami Reis-Frankfort  Tami Reis-Frankfort began teaching in a public school in London, UK and later worked as a support teacher of English Language Learners. She trained in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and for the first time discovered Structured Literacy. This was followed by training in Phono-Graphix and Sounds-Write, both Linguistic Phonics Programs. Tami began…

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Study on the Science of Reading

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A Stanford University study on The Achievement Effects of Scaling Early Literacy Reforms  gives high marks to phonics-based reading instruction following research of test scores in 66 of the lowest-performing schools in California. These schools outpaced similar schools after educators adopted a phonics-based instruction. This study offers compelling evidence that Science of Reading methods for…

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How to…teach the schwa sound

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In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** Did you know that the schwa is the most common sound in the English language? This is because there is a schwa sound in most multisyllabic words. Additionally, did…

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One thing that all teachers agree on is how important it is to get children reading

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This is a testimonial by Ann Sullivan. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist education. Based in the UK, her career includes roles as a KS1 and KS2 class teacher, SEN secondary literacy teacher, school-based Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), an advisory teacher for pupils with special educational needs and a Specialist…

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How to…teach alternative spellings for vowel and consonant sounds

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In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** One of the difficult aspects of the English Alphabetic Code is that sounds (phonemes) can be spelled in different ways. For example, the sound /ae/ can be spelled ‘ai’…

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How to…teach heart words

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In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** Heart words is another term for common words with tricky spellings, or high-frequency words with “irregular” spellings. The term “irregular” is a bit misleading because while beginner readers might…

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How to…write a word chain

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In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** First, what is a word chain? A word chain is a list of words used to develop phonemic awareness skills: blending, segmenting, and phoneme manipulation. These are the underlying…

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How to…teach vocabulary when reading a decodable book

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In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** Decodable books often include target words that students may not know. There are many reasons why students may not know words in a text:  The word may be unusual.…

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