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100 Sight Words Versus Phonics

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The 100 Sight Words for Prep and Grade 1 is the quick route to reading in English. It doesn’t change the importance of phonics in early literacy. Sight Words are set down for Prep and Grade 1 to learn for immediate recognition. These words are frequently occurring in texts. About 40 should be learned by […]

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Dyslexia, Some Research Findings

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A lot has been written about dyslexia and dysgraphia. Research is ongoing and progress is being made, although Dr Jon Lieff warns that there is still much we don’t know and advises caution in response to new findings (www.searchingforthemind.com). Much that has been written about dyslexia is out of date because it is based on […]

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Dyslexia, Improving Teaching

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Orthographic dyslexia, where English is the native language, affects about 4% of children. The combination of imperfect teaching practices and difficult written language conventions combine to make this percentage higher than it is in countries where the written language is more regular and predictable. Many children learn quickly through implicit teaching but children with any […]

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How to Help Your Child with Writing Topics

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WHEN MY CHILD IS ASKED TO WRITE, HOW CAN I HELP? [This is available as a free product.] Here are some simple guidelines. Try to follow in sequence. Teachers say, “Make a plan”. In my view, that is not the first step. MAKE A LIST Tell your child to “Make a list”. The list is […]

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The Debate About Cursive Script

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There is a view developing in education circles that learning to write in cursive script is a waste of time. Associate Professor Dr Misty Adoniou said in early 2015 in The Conversation, “The research doesn’t find any benefits for cursive writing.” She added the following, “Cursive writing is cute, and nice, and decorative if you’ve […]

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Handwriting is an Intellectual Activity

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Handwriting is an important intellectual and physical skill that we are in danger of losing unless schools increase the amount of handwriting in class, especially in the early grades. This sorry situation will not improve unless teachers actively teach handwriting in the classroom and correct the way students hold their pens and pencils. More areas […]

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