Spelling


Over the years, logic, emotion and research have frequently clashed in the debate on the advantages and disadvantages of ability grouping. Shirley Houston takes a look at the pros and cons of grouping by ability for spelling.

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Teacher Shirley Houston, takes you through how to build the ultimate phonics lesson plan: effective practises, step-by-step instructions and a free template to take your phonics lesson to greatness!

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The best teachers of reading start by teaching oral blending and segmenting skills first: lessening the cognitive load on children and making the leap to reading and spelling with letters all the easier! 

Learning Support Teacher, Shirley Houston, explains oral blending and segmenting and gives you the step-by-step ‘how to’.  Plus, you’ll find heaps of free resources included! 

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Vowel teams are probably the most common source of reading and spelling errors as one vowel sound may be represented by as many as 6 different vowel teams. Teacher, Shirley Houston takes you through what is a vowel team and how to teach them!

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The schwa can be a cause of confusion and frustration in spelling and reading for a student. Teacher Shirley Houston, will give you a simple way to explain it and some tips for helping students to decode and encode words containing a schwa.

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