Teaching reading non words is be-ne-fi-cial

Some teachers claim that teaching children to read non words (nonsense words), as they appear in the Y1 phonics check, is a waste of time.

But, actually, getting children comfortable with reading non words is really useful.  When they decode multi-syllabic words they often need to read syllables that initially don’t make sense. They need to hold on to these meaningless syllables until they blend them into a recognisable word.

A random look at the dictionary under the letter ‘t’ reveals numerous examples:

tur – bu – lent

trum- pet

tru- ant



So teaching children to read non words is ac-tu-a-lly    ve-ry    be- ne- fi- cial!


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