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by volunteer
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 16191

Re: The end of dyslexia?

There is a Chinese variety. Is this how Chinese parents teach their children so many characters so young? Every phonics classroom should have one. Why do we think that having difficulties with reading, writing and maths was given a scientific sounding label but being bad at cooking, remembering joke...
by volunteer
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 16191

Re: The end of dyslexia?

I didn't see the programme, Jenny, so didn't know that bit. However, we routinely tested all new entrants to the school, whatever their year group. It's common sense really. Information from previous school always turns up far later than the child does, if at all. From what I am reading on this thr...
by volunteer
Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The end of dyslexia?
Replies: 49
Views: 16191

Re: The end of dyslexia?

Good article. I just wonder if it will get read by the people who need to read it as opposed to those who know it's a misleading label which they wish wasn't used and those who know it's a false label but still think there are benefits to the label. As a personal aside, I had an interesting time pho...
by volunteer
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping a child improve their spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 5532

Re: Helping a child improve their spelling

It could be a factor. When my children have long term supply teachers, newly qualified teachers and teachers who eventually disappear without a good bye from the school the general learning situation seems to deteriorate. One feels that a conversation with the class teacher is not very productive, t...
by volunteer
Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping a child improve their spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 5532

Re: Helping a child improve their spelling

Ken, my daughter said there were dictionaries one per table for the first day of the school year and the teacher told them they should look up meanings and spellings in them during the year. After that, she tells me that the dictionaries were on the class bookshelf and that in most lessons where a d...
by volunteer
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Helping a child improve their spelling
Replies: 15
Views: 5532

Helping a child improve their spelling

This one is personal and I would appreciate any thoughts and advice on any issues this raises. DD2 has just completed year 3. Her spelling is not as I would wish it to be. Over the last year various things have prevented me getting a grip on this. She was a good early reader as I used a lot of RWI (...
by volunteer
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Parents-turned-tutors
Replies: 9
Views: 5005

Re: Parents-turned-tutors

Hello Lucy, I am also a parent turned volunteer tutor (to my own children and others) who found and continues to find this website and the regular contributors invaluable in many ways. I was very pleased to read your other thread and see the journey both you and your son have taken. I hope your son'...
by volunteer
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable Readers requirement
Replies: 7
Views: 3913

Re: Decodable Readers requirement

Your last sentence is beautifully understated.
by volunteer
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 11595

Re: Papermover again

Children are not compulsory school age until the term after their fifth birthday. It would be easy to arrange flexi schooling of one day per week at home until then as the school budget is not affected and you can't be fined etc. In our reception papermover children were still learning single letter...
by volunteer
Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 11595

Re: Papermover again

He he! It was a bit tongue in cheek Lesley, but this child is young reception age, not yet compulsory school age. Flexi-schooling can work successfully at a wide range of ages, and plenty of younger children in the past had no harm done to them by not starting reception until the spring or the summe...
by volunteer
Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 11595

Re: Papermover again

I hope you don't mind, I just wanted to have a forum to say what I am thinking and feeling at the moment about how my daughter is being taught to read at school. She is in reception and the school have refused to provide her with decodable books as they don't agree with phonics. It's not that they ...
by volunteer
Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 42615

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

With a work force most of whom have been brain-washed into using ineffective methods and have never received the sort of basic scientific training that would enable them to distinguish good research from bad, more prescription than is currently the case would be a very good idea. Even with prescrip...
by volunteer
Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper
Replies: 171
Views: 42615

Re: Outstanding overview addresses nonsense in Davis's paper

I wish there was more prescription in how to teach several basic skills at primary level - not just early decoding. My children's maths teaching is awful.
by volunteer
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Oxford's ill-conceived initiative for improving literacy
Replies: 1
Views: 1353

Re: Oxford's ill-conceived initiative for improving literacy

Read-write inc has g p c cards with "air - that's not fair" and "are - care and share" on them but nothing with aer or aero on. I guess this because it does not crop up in many words. I am still a novice in all of this but I find that some sp schemes have selected the GPcs they focus on according to...