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by Judy
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Does a split digraph reach across syllables?
Replies: 36
Views: 3625

Peter, I think that the irritation and frustration you are feeling is probably because you are asking a question to which there is no definitive answer; there are very few, if any, really hard and fast rules in English spelling and as soon as you think you've found one, an exception or conflicting '...
by Judy
Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding
Replies: 50
Views: 5352

Kids who can blend orally-presented sounds, but struggle with the same process when they have to do it from print are exactly the sort of child who should be referred to a developmental optometrist I think maybe I didn't explain clearly enough, Rod. What I am saying is that these children could bot...
by Judy
Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decoding
Replies: 50
Views: 5352

Rod wrote: Actually, if you look at your task list, you've added vision to the second. This group, the ones that can blend orally but can't blend from the page in spite of knowing the code, should be strong candidates for a vision assessment I have recently had two pupils - an 8 yr old and a 14 yr o...
by Judy
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading: ESL and Comprehension
Replies: 20
Views: 2310

I think Jenny may be right - I. too, understand things far more easily when I can read them than when someone tells me something, even in English! Another possiblity is that they could understand the spoken passage and the questions but weren't sufficiently confident in their own ability to speak th...
by Judy
Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Best Web forums
Replies: 7
Views: 1194

They will even usually learn to read. But to disavow their condition, a condition clear to those of us who work with such children regularly; why is this a requirement to make the case for phonics? I certainly don't need to adopt that stance personally, and yet I'm a strong phonics advocate. I agre...
by Judy
Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research
Replies: 31
Views: 3177

I suspect that Mona is right, philologically speaking, but surely we're agreed that different programmes can identify the correspondences in different ways, eg some people avoid the split digraph by teaching 'ne' 'te' etc as different spellings of the consonants 'n' and 't'?
by Judy
Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Monday 24th Nov. ITV 1: Lost for Words
Replies: 22
Views: 2007

Nursery and primary school are more important than home environment, study shows I find this very interesting as those of my 'strugglers' who are furthest behind come from a school in a decidedly middle-class village, where the teaching of literacy (and maths!) is dire! And I've worked with at leas...
by Judy
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Teaching Reading in Ed Schools in US
Replies: 54
Views: 5520

Maizie wrote: It has often been noted that children may get good phonics teaching in KS1, but this can be negated by KS2 teachers using 'other strategies' in KS2 on. I had a couple of my grandsons to stay at half term and I tested the reading age of the eight-yr-old (Y4) just out of interest. He is ...
by Judy
Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Top 100 High Frequency Words phonics words wanted
Replies: 18
Views: 2560

Here is a list of 128 phonetically irregular words
Peter, I'm really puzzled as to how you are defining 'phonetically irreguar'. :???:
by Judy
Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet: 60 sight words to learn in Reception
Replies: 15
Views: 2259

Judy - are you saying this from the perspective of someone who has wide experience of teaching 'normal' beginners? No, Jenny, I don't have any experience of teaching 'normal' beginners but the very fact that I teach some who struggle with blending seems to indicate that there will always be some wh...
by Judy
Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mumsnet: 60 sight words to learn in Reception
Replies: 15
Views: 2259

I do believe that whatever SP programme is used, there will be some children who will have difficulties with blending, some for quite a time. Introducing the concept of 'tweaking' while they are still struggling to 'say the sounds and hear the word' (or some such mantra) is confusing and asking too ...
by Judy
Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Counting sounds in words.
Replies: 7
Views: 3450

I find it useful for my 'strugglers' to actually count the number of sounds in a word, particularly a longish one or one containing a consonant cluster - eg 'spray'. They then write the same number of dashes on a whiteboard (or scrap paper), prior to making sure they write a grapheme for each phonem...
by Judy
Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 14880

I was going to ask how you teach meta-affect
Hugo, this would certainly interest me, and maybe others reading this message board too. Wouldn't it, perhaps, be worth giving us all the benefit of this information, on a separate thread?
by Judy
Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 14880

You speak of some beginners recognising words as visually familiar, or global wholes. I want just before departing to make the point that I do not regard whole word reading as very common. Most visual units will be smaller than words. Probably not often letters as such, more often letter patterns a...
by Judy
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dual Route reading model
Replies: 103
Views: 14880

Like my bullock example, I do not see cattle, recognise them as noise-emitting creatures, discard my visual acumen and search a phonological store of animal noises and then decide that I have seen cattle. I hesitate to join in this very erudite debate, which is mostly way beyond my understanding. B...