The new year has started and children are sent home to learn to read and spell tricky words by sight, that is by the shape of the word. Does this make sense if they are learning to read with Synthetic Phonics?
Read this thoughtful post on the Phonics Blog.
Thanks Spelfabet for this great post about how bad reading habits are formed when we teach children to multi-cue and why teachers hold on to the belief that it works – despite the evidence that shows it doesn’t.
All too often children are taught letter names and letter sounds at the same time. For some children this causes confusion as most letter names do not help to identify the sound the letters spell.
Here is an article by John Walker of Sounds Write explaining when it is helpful to start to use letter names.
Read this presentation by Pamela Snow at the Research Ed conference in Australia. How to stop this constant, predictable pipeline of illiterate, disenfranchised young people ending up in prison.
Here is an article about how literacy provision in prisons is not suitable.
Read this article about testing in other countries and how this can be done without imposing stress on our children.