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by willow
Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Struggling 6 Year Old Girl **Discussion - Visual Problems**
Replies: 27
Views: 19038

My son has hypoglycaemia and can easily lose concentration if he does not eat regulalry - perhaps you could try some fruit or something to boost blood sugar before a session and see if that does the trick? He has certainly come on tremendously since we changed schools and he is getting the regular s...
by willow
Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: posting on senco forum
Replies: 16
Views: 13373

lks I would like to add my congratulations on your daughter's progress and your persistence in making sure she is taught properly. Every day I am thankful that I found the right sites, information, helpful people and inspirational stories at a very early stage in my children's educational career and...
by willow
Thu May 24, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'more to reading than word building'
Replies: 5
Views: 3583

Frances I am sure you right - she does not know how well he can read as she has not bothered to try him at the higher levels. At least your ds is on Stage 4 - mine is on Stage 2 :sad: but reads the Stage 4 decodables at home. Thank you everyone for your support, and Debbie for giving me an excellent...
by willow
Tue May 22, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'more to reading than word building'
Replies: 5
Views: 3583

'more to reading than word building'

My son's Reception teacher is giving him horrendous, easy (ORT) books to 'read' when he is loving the Jelly and Bean long vowel series (which I read with him). I asked for something a little less easy (he is a lazy tike and will get away with what he can :smile: ) and her response was they have "goo...
by willow
Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Difference of opinion with our SEN teacher
Replies: 22
Views: 10980

Isn't true SP teaching multi sensory? Could you point her in the direction of the visual parts of JP (of which I am sure better minds than I can help locate) to prove that you are not neglecting them. As the others have said - hang in there, sure in the knowledge that you ARE doing your best for the...
by willow
Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice from those who have taught SP in schools
Replies: 20
Views: 10699

Frances - your son and his cohorts ARE lucky. My dc's school are teaching phonics of a sort but the old fashioned way - dd is doing consonant blends in Yr 1 :roll: They had some lovely magnetic letters on the board so I was going to make up different words and then found that the 's' and 'w' were li...
by willow
Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KPMG Foundation report - literacy difficulties cost £2.05bn
Replies: 23
Views: 10293

Derrie, my thoughts on making RR more SP is becasue, having thrown so much money at it and the Chancellor endorsing it personally, RR is here to stay. The best we can do for our kids is to try and make it into a programme that will actually work. Does anyone know any more about J Goss - is she recep...
by willow
Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice from those who have taught SP in schools
Replies: 20
Views: 10699

Frances, you are right of course, reading ages are only as good as the data they are based on. I only did dd as I wanted to see where she was based on today's idiotic reading schemes as the teacher was doing the 'she must read every book on the scheme and not jump' argument. Actually you may be plea...
by willow
Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: KPMG Foundation report - literacy difficulties cost £2.05bn
Replies: 23
Views: 10293

KPMG Foundation report - literacy difficulties cost £2.05bn

Has anyone seen this report? http://www.everychildareader.org/pubs/ECRcosts2006.pdf I have skimmed it and noticed that one of the secondary schools used as a cost base uses Read Write Inc. I cannot tell tho if they have actually used this as a comparison of costs with Reading Recovery or just as a c...
by willow
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice from those who have taught SP in schools
Replies: 20
Views: 10699

I am not a teacher so can only give my dd's experience. At 5yrs 3 mths she had a reading age of 8.1 and a spelling age of 7.9 on the Burt and Schonell tests.

She had a good grouding in SP in her nursery year and I taught her JP in term 1 of Reception. I am not sure how typical she is!
by willow
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Second Hand Reading Books
Replies: 5
Views: 3491

Hi Have you tried the Jelly and Bean texts? All the texts in one 'booklet' for one or more series - one book per page and they can be photocopied. No pictures but maybe she could draw them herself on a copy? Marlene Greenwood may even be able to pdf them to you to save postage. I would second ebay -...
by willow
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Happy birthday to my daughter
Replies: 6
Views: 3819

:D Happy Birthday :D from all of us too - you and your daughter are an inspiration.

Thank you for sharing her progress with us all.

Also a big CONGRATULATIONS for her progress in reading in such a short space of time.
by willow
Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Boys don't like reading
Replies: 17
Views: 7933

I think 'boys don't like reading' can actually be correct. My own son can read but would much rather play active games / thunderbirds etc than sit and read a book. The question is, how do we attract the younger ones so reading becomes a sought after past time, without losing their natural inclinatio...
by willow
Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Implications for Teaching and Learning 2006
Replies: 11
Views: 7504

I have had a quick look. The 'range of strategies' comment is in the same sentence as 'monitor sense and meaning of reading' so presumably that is teh 'get out' clause. Level 1 does talk about 'sounding out and blending'. The examples are tortuos, and I feel sorry for kids going through that horribl...
by willow
Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics in nursery
Replies: 21
Views: 10342

I have no research but thought I would share my own children's experiences. Both went to different, school linked nurseries from age 3. My dd (5 last June) seems to have been thoroughly immersed in phonics throughout her time there, not just in specific phonic activities (which I don't think they ac...