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by volunteer
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

Thank you very much, will take a look at those. Shame it's been done already. Thought I was going to make a million.
by volunteer
Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

Debbie, I like your ideas about the information parents should have. I also like the idea that other types of book can be tackled as joint effort between parent and child. However, I've tried it with my own children (maybe they are just very awkward I don't know) and ended up in a bit of a power str...
by volunteer
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

I agree with you both. Maizie, I wish I could say that to DH. I think however he is very impressed with himself that he sometimes does listen to DCs reading, and one of them particularly loves reading to him. Unfortunately he does not respond well to perceived criticism and would give up hearing the...
by volunteer
Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

My DH does that. However, I do find it's easier to get a child at school to work their way right through a book without help, but it's much harder with my own children!!
by volunteer
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

I used Songbirds alongside RWI with my own children at home. I only did some of the later levels of Songbirds so cannot comment on all of it. In order to use it successfully I had to read each book very carefully and take note of any new GPCs in there that my child had not already covered in RWI (an...
by volunteer
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?
Replies: 6
Views: 1615

Re: Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?

Well goodness me, that says everything I think but in rather more florid language!!

I'll dig out the paper I have been reading which alludes to this and quote it later today. Thanks for the responses so far!
by volunteer
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?
Replies: 6
Views: 1615

Re: Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?

That all makes sense, but it's not quite the same as saying that it is "damaging". And one isn't going to get very far teaching a child who can't remember letter - sound correspondences so you'd give up pretty soon any how wouldn't you? I can see that the younger you start teaching a class of childr...
by volunteer
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?
Replies: 6
Views: 1615

Why do some say learning to read young is damaging?

Why do some academics in the field of education say that learning to read young is damaging? What is the evidence to which they point?
by volunteer
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

Geraldine, I love that story, and it's so eloquently written. My own extremely vague memories of learning to read are not half so exciting and, maybe as a result, I have no clear memories of the excitement. I do however remember feeling very let-down and disappointed in reception when we learned a n...
by volunteer
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

Yes the same thought has occurred to me as an earlier poster about what is needed to write new decodables for different series. I experience it from the other end when I search for decodable material to extend, interest, or vary the diet of a child at a particular stage in learning the GPCs. It's im...
by volunteer
Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'
Replies: 48
Views: 10393

Re: TES: Songbirds author Donaldson favours 'a mixed approach'

I'm finding this discussion on the different decodable readers very interesting. Is the Song Thrush quoted above by John Walker from Sounds Write or Dandelion? Have both Sounds Write and Dandelion made their way into the match funding catalogue? I'm volunteering with a child at the moment who is two...
by volunteer
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 4.
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 4.

Thank you for those. I will find those really helpful. However whatever I may or may not think about the research to date, in many teachers' eyes the findings are not clear. A quick scan of the Rose Report makes it all sound a bit doubtful too ...... and most teachers will only have time to give all...
by volunteer
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Davies (Thrass programme) posts letter to Cameron
Replies: 19
Views: 4555

Re: TES: Davies (Thrass programme) posts letter to Cameron

That sounds sensible. I'm guessing though that OFSTED had a benchmark in mind when they talk about "reading by six" ... children have their 6th birthdays during year 1. Phase 5 Letters and Sounds by the end of year 1 (as per Letters and Sounds and the OFSTED "Getting them reading early" and the year...
by volunteer
Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: Davies (Thrass programme) posts letter to Cameron
Replies: 19
Views: 4555

Re: TES: Davies (Thrass programme) posts letter to Cameron

And what was meant by it in "Reading to Six - how the best schools do it" - OFSTED?
by volunteer
Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 4.
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: TES threads of possible interest to RRF'ers. 4.

For the general public, the trouble is that the evidence does not speak clearly. Most teachers, apart from those who consider the teaching of reading to be their job, (reception maybe? (ha ha, I would never have put a questionmark after reception until I sent my own children to school), year 1 and y...