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I was Sold a Story

This blog post is the view of an Irish Primary School Teacher in response to Emily Hanford’s podcast series, Sold a Story: How teaching kids to read went so wrong.

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Phonics Vs Phonemic Awareness

When teaching phonics, it is important to incorporate Phonemic Awareness into your lessons. Here are the steps I follow when introducing a new letter sound. 

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Phonemes and Graphemes

It has taken me four months to create this guide and I am finally ready to share it with you all. I hope it will be useful to teachers and parents of beginning and struggling readers.

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Activities for Listening Skills

In order for children to become skilled readers and writers, it is important that they are able to tune in to the speech sounds of the English language. This can be tricky for some, but a focus on listening skills before learning to read will help.

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When Readers Struggle

A core reader is a reading book that a whole class will read together. The text in these readers usually includes lots of high-frequency words and some topic-specific words, which may or may not be decodable for the children.

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