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3 Reasons why segmenting is the mother of all skills in learning to read and spell

At Sounds-Write, we always begin each section of our teaching programme with word building? There are three main reasons: First, we are teaching children that spellings stand for sounds in the language – our threshold concept. All children learn the sounds of their language without having to be taught explicitly. All they need is exposure.… Continue reading 3 Reasons why segmenting is the mother of all skills in learning to read and spell

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Misty muddies the waters – again!

On September 17th Misty Adoniou wrote a piece for The Conversation entitled ‘New phonics test will do nothing to improve Australian children’s literacy’. Although I’ve written a couple of times before about Ms Adoniou’s somewhat jaundiced view of phonics here and here, I thought this time I’d look more closely at the arguments she puts forward.… Continue reading Misty muddies the waters – again!

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3 things you wanted to know about the simple present

Ever wondered why when you’re teaching verb tenses that the simple present isn’t about the present? As readers of this blog will know by now, I’m keen on the idea of threshold concepts. A threshold concept, as defined by Glynis Cousins, is ‘central to the mastery of one’s subject’, especially because it enables teachers to ‘make… Continue reading 3 things you wanted to know about the simple present