Tag Archives: struggling readers

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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Special Needs Teacher reviews Moon Dogs Series

Moon Dogs Series

As a special needs teacher who mainly works with KS2 children, I’m always looking for materials that not only  interest my students, but also enable them to practice the early phonics they have missed out on. The Moon Dog books are […]

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How to help teenage, struggling readers

Here is a really helpful post by Alison Clarke of Spelfabet on how to help older, struggling readers: Helping teenagers with literacy

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Struggling reader – reads paperbacks!

Some months ago I wrote about my struggling reader.  He came to the Bloomfield Learning Centre at the age of 10+ with a reading age of 6. Well, he crashed into my classroom (with his scooter) after Christmas announcing he had […]

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Alba Series reviewed in the DSF Bulletin

The Dyslexia – SPELD Foundation’s publication ‘The bulletin’, Autumn 2013, has just published an article reviewing the ‘Alba’ reading series. I have scanned it – but the print is a bit small so here is the summary: “As with the very popular existing […]

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Struggling reader – in praise of practice and consolidation

  We know that any newly acquired knowledge or skill must to be practised for it to be committed to memory.  In order to develop reading fluency, automaticity has to be established and this is brought about through practice and […]

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Struggling reader – a breakthrough!

I had one of those lovely experiences on Thursday, while teaching at the Bloomfield Learning Centre. One of my pupils aged 11 (Year 6) had arrived at the centre as a non-reader.  He attended a school where reading had not […]

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Alba Series – FAQs

Here are frequenty asked questions aswered about the brand new Alba Series: Who is it for? The Alba series is aimed at older catch-up pupils who have gaps in their phonic knowledge.  It is suitable for pupils in KS2 and KS3.  With […]

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What is the difference between a ‘reluctant reader’ and a ‘struggling reader’?

One often hears the term ‘reluctant reader’ and ‘struggling reader’.  Is there a difference between these terms?

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Magic Belt Series – Reviewed by Teach Primary – verdict: Rare Reads

The Magic Belt series has just been reviewed for the first time by John Dabell at Teach Primary.  He summarises with his verdict – the books are ‘Rare Reads’ as they successfully and thoughtfully address a much neglected need for decodable age-appropriate reading […]

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