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by elsy
Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: UKLA 'Literacy', Vol. 42 No. 2
Replies: 7
Views: 1060

We must, must have at the heart of learning to read the pleasure that is reading. Otherwise, why bother? I think the non-readers at the start of 'Can't read, can't write' might well supply reasons to bother. One that stuck with me was the satisfaction the lady felt on being able to read packets in ...
by elsy
Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 reasons why beginning readers should only use decodables
Replies: 14
Views: 2145

11. In my experience, children are encouraged by their teachers to use their phonic skills and sound out and blend words but are given ORT or other non-decodable books. How can a child know which words are easily decodable? 12. Teachers complain that children sound out all words eg d a r k n e s s. ...
by elsy
Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Automatic blending of CVC words
Replies: 2
Views: 2267

Thanks Maizie. It's quite a lengthy thing to explain and I posted in a bit of a hurry. What I'm hoping for is that these children can see any CVC word, familiar or not, and read it straight off, as most of their peers can. Is this just too much to hope for? As far as I'm aware, these children do not...
by elsy
Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Automatic blending of CVC words
Replies: 2
Views: 2267

Automatic blending of CVC words

I could really do with some advice on this. I work with several Y2 children who are still laboriously sounding out most CVC words before blending them. I don't think it's because they think I only want them to do this as, if it's a word they already know or have seen a few times that session, they w...
by elsy
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Down's Syndrome children: whole-word or SP?
Replies: 9
Views: 1452

The speech and language support that our children receive works on phonemes in speech, not in isolation. As marylennox says, the order is that of the typical development of phonemes in spoken language.
by elsy
Thu May 01, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The 'aw' sound
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Rod, that's the slough I had in mind.

Elizabeth, a good reason indeed.
by elsy
Thu May 01, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The 'aw' sound
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Ken thanks for clarifying 'cough'. I was puzzled, forgetting 'the corf that carried him orf'! slough pronounced 'sloo' rings a bell from somewhere in a US accent. (Don't jump yet, I know there's no one US accent - see below.) I'm thinking of perhaps 'Slough of Despond' rather than 'slew the giant'. ...
by elsy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 6390

Aarg!? Bob, I think your long a is not the same as mine! :grin:
by elsy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dombey attacks synthetic phonics and advocates 'guessing'
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

In general we're not bad at teaching children to read; but we're markedly less successful at teaching them to like it. Ruth Miskin and others who insist on synthetic phonics as the one route of entry into reading have little to offer to address this real problem. "Real problem?" We really should ma...
by elsy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The 'aw' sound
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Hi Bob, it's the same as c l o th / c l aw th, many of us say f o l s. This is given as an alternative in my pronunciation dictionary.
by elsy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The 'aw' sound
Replies: 19
Views: 2510

Methinks accent, regional and national, rears its head again.

False and cloth are just two that would be controversial in British English alone, not to mention Yorkshire folk toasting the toes in front of the fire to keep warm! :grin:
by elsy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dombey attacks synthetic phonics and advocates 'guessing'
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Off we go again... Rhyme and analogy for should, would could? That's three words taken care of then. I've been working hard with children still getting to grips with easy blending of CVC words. I haven't even begun to count the number of words open to them with just the simple code of the basic alph...
by elsy
Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 55
Views: 6533

I'm not sure about others but these, to me (UK), are the same as 'reality'.
by elsy
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Is the government slowly suffocating adult education?
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

I'm really grateful that our open studies music course will be able to continue next year. Our tutor manages to keep the form filling to a minimum but she still has to do 'reports' at the end of each module. We participate in 'assessed rehearsals' and learn a little about the composers and period. T...
by elsy
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading First
Replies: 45
Views: 5082

hfraser wrote:
My skill at comprehension told me you couldn't possibly be paying to learn a large fish.
I'm sure your comprehension skills are equal to the task of understanding what the fish really means. ;-)
None whatsoever!!!