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by confusedparent
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: How do children become fluent?
Replies: 4
Views: 8189

Re: How do children become fluent?

Thanks for your replies. The BRI books look great. Certainly good for ensuring his younger brother (so far raised on a diet of CBeebies Alphablocks) gets off to the best start. I need to try and work out how far back to take my other son who unfortunately has had a muddled start to his reading caree...
by confusedparent
Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: How do children become fluent?
Replies: 4
Views: 8189

How do children become fluent?

I wonder if anyone can help? I have a six year old who can read most words given enough time and motivation, but it is still and slow and labourious process. I'm wondering how we get from here to the point at which reading becomes effortless and enjoyable. I'm sure you'll say practise is the key - b...
by confusedparent
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Ed Balls
Replies: 2
Views: 2030

Re: Ed Balls

by confusedparent
Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Polly Phonics
Replies: 2
Views: 1741

:grin: Also from BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/about/programmes/funwithphonics.shtml . Pollyphonic is the parrot in the programme. My kids love it. Packs with DVD, wallchart and books are a bargain on Amazon at the moment too. http://www.bbcactivefunwithphonics.com/usingFunWithPhonics.h...
by confusedparent
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics 'proven' to stop comprehension
Replies: 11
Views: 4653

Psycho-linguistic guessing games are alive and well at my son's school. He uses strategy A - Prompted by the pictures or subject he rattles his way through his entire vocabulary in a bizzare word association game until he eventually hits upon the word written before him. Strategy B - reel off a desc...
by confusedparent
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 10321

Well, yes, I quite agree Jenny. I keep having to push my jaw shut! I have also seen the following statement from DfCSF (from here: http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/phonics/rosereview/) Curriculum Changes Minor changes have been made to the National Curriculum at Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to u...
by confusedparent
Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 10321

No. For clarity, 'guessing' is my term, based on my observation of what children are actually doing with the reading books. We (the parents/helpers), can use the following if a child cannot read a word: Presented to us in this order - Use the first letter/use the pictures/think what 'fits'/stop if s...
by confusedparent
Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 10321

Well, I've had the school clarify their position, and they still believe that children need to be exposed to a variety of different strategies. All children learn differently, etc. etc. I now have the parent/helper advice in print, and if all the guessing strategies have failed, the second to last s...
by confusedparent
Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 10321

Thank you all for your helpful replies. I'm researching like crazy and considering the best way of trying to work alongside the school on this. Good to know I haven't dreamt the whole Rose episode, or that it hasn't been scrapped while my back was turned.
by confusedparent
Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)
Replies: 15
Views: 10321

Multi-cueing and non-decodable first books in school (UK)

I'm feeling rather uneasy about the way that parents and parent helpers are being encouraged to help with reading at my son's school. During his reception year, he was taught with Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. He is now in year 1, and I believe that Letters and Sounds is still being used in ...