Tag Archives: Phonics

What is a grapheme? Free tutorial from Phonic Books

Here is our latest tutorial explaining the term ‘grapheme’.  This tutorial is aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and parents helping children learn to read with phonics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsWtyKqpHko

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Should Systematic Synthetic Phonics be denied to our weakest readers?

The DfE has carefully approved and selected phonics programmes and resources for mainstream classrooms and ‘catch-up’ pupils according to strict synthetic phonics criteria.  These are featured in the DfE Phonics Match-Funding catalogue.  This follows the Jim Rose report that concludes that Systematic Synthetic Phonics […]

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Why the ‘A, B, C’ song is not helpful to beginner readers

Many young children learn to sing the ‘A, B, C’ song in nursery or at home. This song teaches them the names and the order of the letters of the alphabet. This is a great way to store the alphabetic […]

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Totem Series out now!

At last the much awaited Totem Series is out!   Check out this new set of decodable books for older struggling readers. The idea here is to fill in the gaps that older pupils may have in their phonic knowledge.   It has great illustrations […]

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Top Tip: Phonic Phones

Phonic phones are incredibly simple devices. They are a simple plastic tube that go from the mouth to the ear and allow the reader to hear the sounds they are making.

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Should beginner readers use ONLY decodable books?

Susan Godsland has posted a useful list of ten reasons why beginner readers should use only decodable books here (I have copied it in full below).  What do you think?

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Choosing decodable books

I found this great post via mumsnet yesterday on how to pick decodable books.

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Feedback about our Books

If you have used our books with children we would love to have any feedback you have (positive or negative!).  Particularly about our two new products – The Dandelion Launchers (aimed at the earliest readers) and Talisman (aimed at older […]

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