Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

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Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:06 pm

Alison Clarke writes excellent posts for her blog, but this recent one is particularly good:

How balanced literacy teaching (commonly called 'mixed methods' in the UK) is seen through the eyes of a beginning reader:

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/01/balanced-literacy/

Balanced literacy
Ask schools how they teach reading and spelling to beginners, and you're likely to be told they take a "balanced literacy" approach, combining the best of all approaches.

This sounds eminently sensible, but what does it mean in practice?

As we are about to start the school year here in Australia, let's think about this question from a learners' perspective.

Experience balanced literacy

Imagine you're a five-year-old starting school, and you're a true reading/writing beginner. Your parents/grandparents/kinder teachers have not already taught you how to read or write. You can't recognise any letters or words, and you don't know that words are made of sounds and letters are how we represent these sounds....

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Re: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

Post by volunteer » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:11 am

That is a brilliant link.

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Re: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

Post by Susan Godsland » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:04 pm

More from Spelfabet:

This time it's an update to her free-to-download (colour printer need) 'First Phonics Picture Book' and an article on what to avoid Alphabet/1st Words picture book wise, and why.

http://www.spelfabet.com.au/2014/01/fre ... ture-book/

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Re: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

Post by Susan Godsland » Thu May 14, 2015 9:54 am

Alison Clarke's latest video -do watch!

Preventing literacy failure and shifting the whole Bell Curve up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mafVooD ... e=youtu.be
In any class of five-year-olds, some children are better prepared by nature and/or nurture to learn to read, but the way early literacy is typically taught at present tends to exacerbate these differences and allow the weaker children to fail.

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Re: Spelfabet: Mixed methods seen through a 5yr old's eyes

Post by geraldinecarter » Thu May 14, 2015 2:14 pm

The first part of Alison's film is absolutely brilliant - but then it all gets a bit rushed - too much information in short space of time?

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