Tag Archives: vowel digraphs

Why sorting words is an important activity

I recently listened to the much anticipated webinar given by the Reading Ape.  (If you haven’t heard of the elusive Reading Ape, do check out the website which has fantastic research-based articles about reading.)  Anyway, the Reading Ape discussed the […]

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Scope and sequence – what does this mean?

All phonics programmes should have a ‘scope and sequence’ but what does this actually mean? ‘Scope’ means what you are teaching When teaching reading with systematic phonics, ‘scope’ means teaching the alphabetic code. English has 44 sounds and more than […]

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Decodable reading quest books for building fluency

The Dragon Eggs Series is a set of 10 decodable books that combine revision of those tricky vowel digraphs and an exciting, beautifully-illustrated quest with dragons in it! Designed to engage children and secure their Alphabetic Code knowledge and reading […]

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Why do older, struggling readers need age-appropriate books?

Older, struggling readers often have gaps in the their phonics knowledge and skills.  They find alternative spellings particularly confusing.  Many suffer from low self esteem so offering them decodable materials that are age-appropriate is vital.  Vital because if the reading […]

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Do we really need more phonic games?

Phonic Books Ltd has collaborated with TTS to create 5 new packs of reading games.  But who needs more phonic games?  Educational catalogues are packed with phonic games!  What is different about these new games?

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Sneak preview of new Dandelion Board games

Phonic Books have collaborated with TTS and in creating new phonic board games that help children practice and consolidate vowel spellings that many children struggle with. The games are linked to our Dandelion Series so the characters and stories set […]

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Synthetic Phonics – a ‘back to basics’ approach to reading?

We often hear people calling for a ‘back to basics’ approach in education. But is Synthetic Phonics really backward looking or has it some new elements which differ from how reading was taught in the past?

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