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by elsy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letters and Sounds Overview and Weekly Planning
Replies: 28
Views: 4684

They may not read the guidance, or they may do so and then put their own spin on it, consciously or unconsciously. I think we have to face the fact that many teachers are a bit like those supermarket trolleys which have a bias in one direction and which one has to work very hard to keep straight. J...
by elsy
Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advisors' Open Eye challenge - please contribute
Replies: 21
Views: 3273

The way that I am thinking is that maybe the Rose Recommendations should become the legislation but from year one - not reception - with any volunteer synthetic phonics teaching undertaken by professional decision making - informed choices. I can see an increasing case for this given the poorer spe...
by elsy
Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advisors' Open Eye challenge - please contribute
Replies: 21
Views: 3273

Could that be children duped into thinking that memorising books or telling stories from pictures is reading? Who wouldn't be emotionally and behaviourally affected when they are later expected to read something they've never seen before, without any picture clues, and find they can't? Can people no...
by elsy
Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Lost for Words", Channel 4
Replies: 69
Views: 11038

Judy,
your daughter deserves a bravery sticker too. How difficult to maintain her point of view so well in a social situation like that. You must be so proud of her.
by elsy
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TESS: dyslexia being 'wiped out' in W. Dunbartonshire
Replies: 3
Views: 827

However, she accepted that the programme was probably picking up and addressing learning difficulties that would otherwise have been diagnosed as dyslexia.
That learning difficulties may be being masked and therefore not addressed is worthy of serious consideration in itself.
by elsy
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Synthetic phonics: the word spreads
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Elizabeth, how lovely. Thanks for posting it.
by elsy
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Early Writing.
Replies: 11
Views: 2595

Ian, I agree too and with your experience of poor writers in Y2. Am I right or am I destroying my children’s chances of being confident writers? I have seen so many children lacking in the confidence to write, not because they haven't been allowed the opportunity to 'have a go', but because they kno...
by elsy
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EY anti-SPers call in American guru
Replies: 10
Views: 1834

She suggests a more informal approach tuned in to children's "natural nosiness" is much better and cites the example of children going to visit a local bakery and then writing down what they have seen and experienced. How precisely? This is just more headline grabbing stuff out of any meaningful co...
by elsy
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Decodable text
Replies: 5
Views: 1141

No these are not incrementally decodable. We have various Big Cat books and I looked at them at the end of last term to see if they would be suitable to accompany Letters and Sounds. They were not. These are described as being banded by reading skill and they contain predictable, patterned text or w...
by elsy
Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: 'Not so great a leap'
Replies: 9
Views: 1503

Entirely frivolous, I know, but why do the poor little mites have to do it all sitting on a carpet? Why can't they have chairs and tables, like we did in the Dark Ages? Far more comfortable :sad: I wonder this too Maizie. More often than not, in small groups, when offered the choice, children will ...
by elsy
Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: TES: 'Not so great a leap'
Replies: 9
Views: 1503

Elizabeth and Maltesers, what you have described is lovely. We have a play-based approach in Y1 and there is pressure for Y2 to become more so. We never quite lost the idea of topics. My concern is that teaching of explicit skills for reading and writing can become lost and there is little or no opp...
by elsy
Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Tricky words
Replies: 16
Views: 2621

Re: Tricky words

It was interesting to read on TES in a post by Mazie that when "w" is followed by "a" it often makes an "o" sound. I didn't know that before reading the post. For example the word "was" or "want" which are on the tricky word list in Jolly Phonics. In an idle moment last year, after trying to explai...
by elsy
Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics for Dummies
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Phonics for Dummies

I spotted the book 'Phonics for Dummies' (one of the 'for Dummies' series) in a book shop today. Has anyone read it? I didn't have time for more than a quick flick thorugh. It comes with a DVD.
by elsy
Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: SP's Need for Multi-year Instruction
Replies: 14
Views: 2403

Speaking of 'practical tools' to teach blending, does this item seem like a new development? http://www.davidenglishhouse.com/en/resources/phonics_builders.html . I have seen these or similar. A note of caution, it IS possible to make words you would rather children did not try to blend in school. ...
by elsy
Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Last Chance Kids
Replies: 6
Views: 1355

The reason they are not at level 4 is that they are not using inference and deduction. I though that was needed for level 3 at KS1. For example, she said, a little girl, Priya, who featured in the programme, couldn’t read because she was a Punjabi speaker and didn’t know the sounds of English when ...