Getting Physical with Phonics

There are so many ways to make phonics fun and interactive. If you can get children outside and moving, you get phonics practise plus: fresh air, active kids and it’s a hit with the boys – win, win, win! Here are some ideas: Soak the Sound! Laminate letters and stick them around the playground. You […]

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Phonics Assessment: Don’t Assume – Assess!

It is the beginning of a new school year, after a school holiday of 6-8 weeks. Have you decided what you are going to start teaching in the area of phonics? Have you thought of the phonics assessment you will conduct this year? One of the great features of Phonics Hero is that it provides […]

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Fluency: Why it’s Important and How to Develop it

The ‘Big 6’ essential components of reading instruction are oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Unfortunately, fluency is often a relatively neglected component in reading programs. Teachers and parents neglect fluency at their peril, as there is a strong correlation between…

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5 Ways to Help Your Child with Reading

By playing Phonics Hero you are teaching your child the building blocks of literacy – well done you! But you can also help with reading in lots of other ways too. These small steps will help expand vocabulary, practise comprehension skills and build confidence – all by simply reading with your child. This week, primary school teacher, Elaine, explains 5 things you can do to help with reading…

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