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How to teach children about syllables

Before children can begin to read and spell multisyllabic words they need to get a feel for what a syllable is – for what a ‘mouthful of a word’ is. If they have had systematic phonics instruction they may find […]

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What is a syllable and why we should teach children about it

What is a syllable and why we should teach children about it A syllable is a part of a word that contains sounds (phonemes) of a word. It usually has a vowel in it. A syllable is also called a […]

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Cumulative teaching – how to teach children who forget

Many of my students at the Bloomfield Learning Centre have difficulty remembering the complex alternative spellings of sounds in English.  The problem is they don’t hold on to what they have learned.  The teacher may teach <ai> and the next […]

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Reading with expression can help with reading fluency

Do you have children. who. r-ea-d. l-ike. th-i-s? How can we get children to read fluently? So firstly, why do we need to read fluently? We need to read fluently because it is difficult to understand what we are reading […]

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Independent review of That Dog! series

  We have just received this independent review from Teach Primary Magazine.  The review is available online.  See link below. Phonic Books – That Dog! for catch-up readers across the school. At a glance: • Age appropriate, synthetic phonic catch-up […]

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Our new books being used at the Sounds-write Reading Centre

We’re delighted to see that our latest series That Dog! is being used by the Sounds-write Reading Centre. These modern-day stories with contemporary illustrations are designed to engage older readers and follow the same phonic progression as our Magic Belt […]

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Teaching ‘Silent’ letters

Do you teach ‘silent letters’? Read what the Literacy Blog has to say about them.   http://www.thereadingcentre.com/2011/11/26/silent-letters/

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Top tips for teaching phonics

1. Step-by-step You don’t need to teach the whole alphabet to get reading going. Start with a few letters and get children to build words with them. Our series starts with the sounds s, a, t, i, m. 2. Word-building […]

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How to use decodable books

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How to use decodable books Decodable books are controlled texts that beginner readers can read independently once they have been taught the spellings in the text.  Children learning to read with phonics benefit from reading decodable texts because they allow […]

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Sounds-Write Training programme in Zambia is a success

Director, Clair Baker and Frances Woodward of Forward with Phonics have spent the last couple of weeks training teachers and volunteers in Lusaka and Mongu, Zambia in the Sounds-Write Reading and Spelling Programme. Many of the attendees were volunteers who are […]

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