Rhyming – Not always child’s play

My observations are that the children who are able to produce rhyme in preschool and early stages of foundation are those who go on to develop reading without too many troubles, while those who don’t, require a much more systematic and structured approach to reading.

‘I Do, We Do, You Do’ meets ‘Do, Talk, Record’

Engaging all students in writing can be one of the most challenging things to do in the classroom. One of the ways that you can support students and get the best out of them is by combing the 'I do, we do, you do' model with the 'Do, Talk, Record' approach.

Reader Question – What to do with all the books?

This week I received an email from an early career teacher: Hello, I just saw your article about not asking children to read books that they don't know how to decode. About 6 weeks ago I discovered structured literacy, and simultaneously learned that most of what I had learned about reading instruction was wrong (because… Continue reading Reader Question – What to do with all the books?

Top 5 Tips to Maximise Reading Success – Part 4

For other children, this reliance on ‘sight words’ in early reading instruction is crippling. Their brains do not magically remember the words and they are stuck on the hamster wheel of daily practice of sight words for weeks, months and sometimes even years without any progress at all.

Top 5 Tips to Maximise Reading Success – Part 3

Teaching systematic synthetic phonics and then giving children leveled texts to read is like eating vegetables for dinner and then five chocolate bars for dessert. In Part 3 of this series, learn about why we should not be giving children material to read that they do not yet know the sounds for.

Top 5 Tips to Maximise Reading Success – Part 2

Using a sequence of steps that gradually build on the one before significantly reduces the risk of cognitive overload. A sequence of teaching also allows for cumulative learning. “You are now going to deal with the material you already know, plus a little bit more”.

The C Grade

It is report time in Australia right now and tens of thousands of parents are either reading, or about to read about their child’s academic progress over the last two terms.  All schools in Australia are required to grade children’s academic results on a 5 point scale.  In many schools this is represented through A… Continue reading The C Grade