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The Perfetti Experiments

What is the role of phonic knowledge in the reading process? Perfetti and his colleagues designed a series of experiment to test this question. In one study, Perfetti studied third and fifth grade children who had been identified as good and poor readers using a standardised reading assessment. The children were asked to read real […]

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Teaching the Alphabet Sounds

The foundation of reading and spelling is knowing the most common sound represented by each of the letters of the alphabet –  /a/-apple, /b/-ball, /k/-cat. With this knowledge you can spell words by breaking the words into their individual sounds (bat – /b/ /a/ /t/) and then writing the letter that represents each of these […]

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Dolch Words

The Dolch word list is a list of the words most frequently used in English. It was compiled by Edward Dolch in 1936, based on children’s books of his era. The list contains 220 ‘service words’ that have to be easily recognised in order to achieve some level of reading fluency in the English language. It excludes nouns, which […]

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Increasing Creativity

Underpinning effective writing is creative thinking. The following activities have been shown to be effective for developing creativity. When you do these activities with children, keep it fun and join in, offering your ideas as well. Alternative Uses The Alternative Uses test was developed by J.P. Guilford in 1967. In the test situation, you have […]

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The Comprehension Continuum

Comprehension moves from the basic recall of information through to making inferences and finally making evaluative judgements.  Each of these types of comprehension have a place to play in our understanding of the text.  However, many comprehension activities don’t move past basic literal comprehension questions where the answer can be found simply by looking back […]

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