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...

How do you choose a whole school spelling program?? Let’s be honest, teaching spelling explicitly has kind of fallen out of fashion in recent years.   For a while there, we all got a little obsessive about writing composition. But word knowledge skills inform overall composition.   Some...

Phonemic awareness is the awareness of individual sounds in spoken words.   For example, ‘cat’ has 3 phonemes /c/, /a/ and /t/ and ‘six’ has 4 phonemes /s/, /i/, /k/, /s/. Having an awareness of individual sounds is critical for reading development, as it is necessary to...