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Analytic and synthetic phonics

As I have discussed in the past, teaching phonics to children is very important. There are several different phonics teaching approaches and not all are equal. Today I want to talk to you about the differences between analytic and synthetic phonics. Analytic Phonics Analytic phonics is the process of going from the whole to the part. So usually, we come across a word incidentally in the text and we look …

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Are you teaching phonics to kids the right way?

I’ve got a question for you… Are you teaching phonics to kids the right way?? You might have heard me talk about the different approaches to teaching phonics and how they’re not all created equal. Today I want to dive into a little bit more detail on what makes a phonics program truly effective. This will help you find out if you are teaching phonics to kids the right way.   …

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How to teach phonics

Most teachers and schools do teach phonics, but did you know there are several different approaches to teaching phonics and they’re not all equal? This article will explain incidental and synthetic phonics and the ways you should and shouldn’t teach phonics.   Incidental phonics Incidental phonics is an approach where we read a text with a child and as they come across phonic patterns that they don’t know,  we teach …

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How to teach reading to dyslexic students

In this article, I will be explaining strategies to teach reading to dyslexic students. This is a question I get asked quite a bit in my practice and today I want to share with you five tips to make sure that your reading program is the best you can offer for dyslexic students. It’s important to remember that what makes good practice for dyslexic students is actually the best practice …

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How to teach phonemic awareness and manipulation to kids

Today I want to talk to you about how to teach phonemic awareness to children. I will also be sharing a phonemic awareness activity that I’ve created for you. You can use it to start to practice phoneme awareness skills and phoneme manipulation skills with your students. (You can download it at the bottom). Phonemic Awareness A lot of people talk about phonemic awareness when they’re teaching young children to …

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How to help a child with dyslexia in the classroom

If you’ve ever wondered how you can help a child with dyslexia in the classroom then keep reading! Today’s blog is full of tips to help you support dyslexic students in the classroom using simple, free to implement strategies. The fact sheet that will give you more tips and information on how to accommodate kids with dyslexia in your classroom. To start here are some facts about dyslexia. Dyslexia is …

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How to get kids to listen and follow routines

Are you a parent or teacher struggling to get your kids to listen? Do their homework? Or get organised? It can be tricky to get kids to listen and follow routines, but with these tips, it could get a little easier. Maybe you’ve got a child with dyslexia, ADHD, or slow processing who just can’t seem to get out the door in the morning. If you’re a teacher you could …

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How to teach spelling well

Something I’ve been asked a few times in the last couple of weeks by teachers as well as my homeschool mums or at home helper mums is “how do you teach spelling well?” or “how do you teach dyslexics to spell?” This is not something I can explain properly in anything less than a 12-month course! But I’ve outlined the main, key ingredients below. Select words lists carefully. Too often, …

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Free Learning Difficulties Video Series

These free videos offer a wealth of information and hold so much value that I had to share. Developed by the Victorian Department of Education and La Trobe University, these videos are wonderful for teachers and other Department of Education staff. The video series covers: Delving into Systematic Synthetic Phonics Analysing Spelling Errors Decodable, Authentic and Predictable Texts Transitioning from Oral Language to Becoming Literate Delving into Explicit Instruction The videos …

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12 Amazing Books for Teachers Helping a Dyslexic Child to Read

Struggling to break down reading and writing for your students? Not sure how to identify barriers to skill development and assess a student’s progress in engaging with spelling and reading? These twelve book resources for teachers helping a dyslexic child to read will consolidate your teacher’s toolbox with practical, exciting exercises to foster learning and enjoyment of important language skills in your classroom. Unlocking literacy by Marcia Henry Based on …

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