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Is the suffix -ant or –ent?

The suffixes ‘-ant’ and ‘-ent’ are added to words to form a noun to indicate a ‘person who’ or ‘thing that’ (e.g., an ‘assistant’ is a person who assists, a ‘president’ is a person who presides). They are also added to words to form adjectives describing a state or quality (e.g., stagnate – stagnant, persist […]

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F TH V Confusion

It is not uncommon for students, especially younger students, to have difficulty pronouncing and discriminating between /f/, /th/ and /v/ which then has a flow-on impact on spelling words containing these graphemes correctly. If students have difficulty producing these sounds, it is preferable that they be on-referred to a speech pathologist. It is also important […]

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Decodable versus Levelled Readers

There are two key types of texts used in the teaching of reading and as a part of an intervention program for students having difficulty learning to read. ‘Decodable’ readers focus on ‘code’ and contain a large number of phonetically regular words that can be sounded out once a student has the corresponding knowledge. ‘Levelled’ […]

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My Recipe Book

  There are oodles of cooking books for children and also picture fiction books to motivate children to be excited about cooking. Here are just a few: TJ Tales: A Surprise for Mum is a story of misunderstandings based around homophones (words that sound the same but have a different meaning) as TJ cooks some powder […]

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Morphology and Reading

In terms of language, morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language: ‘Morph’=shape/form and ‘ology’=the study of. It includes the identification and analysis of stems, root words (often of Latin or Greek origin), prefixes (added to the front of words) and suffixes (added […]

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