Happy holidays!

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Depending on where you live, the holiday season can either mean fun spent in the sun or the snow! Whether you’re enjoying a good book on the beach or by the fire, we hope you have a relaxing break. See you next year for more Phonics fun!

What’s your reading resolution for 2017?

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A new year means a fresh start! It also means back to school, be it a new school year or term. It’s the ideal time to make some ‘reading resolutions’ for the year.

Reading is a fun and engaging activity that you can do with your child every day. Here are a few ideas for the year. And remember, all of these resolutions can be adapted for the adult reader as well!

  • Read every day: This one’s nice and easy! One book or chapter a day before bed is a great way to relax and spend quality time with your child.
  • Have a library day: Make time every week (or fortnight) to visit your local library. Most libraries have a great children’s section with regular activities. Let your child choose the books that appeal to them and have a special bag just for library books.
  • Start a book club: This one’s great for older children who love sharing their ideas. Activities and field trips related to the content in the books can bring the concepts in the stories alive.
  • Make a reading list: Look forward to all the great books you haven’t read yet by filling out a reading list. Here are some fun and colourful book lists to download and print:
From Thirty Handmade Days

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From DIY Home Sweet Home

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From Bird and Little Bird

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NEW YORK SCHOOL STUDY SUPPORTS PHONICS TEACHING

Phonics is proving itself to be the most effective way of teaching literacy across the English-speaking world!
This article from the New York Times entitled ‘A Foundation of Phonics and Knowledge Is Key to Literacy’ which discusses a recent study that demonstrated that classes using phonics had higher rates of success.
NY Times article

PHONICS TEACHING REAPS REWARDS IN UK

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A recent article in The Guardian newspaper reports on markedly improved results for students being taught to read using phonics. The Education Editor, Richard Adams, wrote:

The embrace of phonics to teach the youngest primary school pupils to read appears to be paying dividends after new figures showed a rise in the number of pupils passing the government’s benchmarks for literacy in the first and second years of formal schooling.

The results of the government’s controversial phonics check – designed to test how children read and pronounce simple words and sounds – saw a 5% increase in the number of five- and six-year-olds passing the check, with 74% of state school pupils in England reaching the expected standard in 2014.

In contrast, just 58% of pupils were able to correctly pronounce the expected number of words and sounds when the phonics check was first administered in state primary schools nationwide in 2012.

This article supports what the team at http://www.phonics.com have always known. Phonics rules!

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY – SEPTEMBER 8

The International Literacy Association has developed some fantastic free teaching resources that focus on the Philippines. These resources will help your students to learn more about Filipino children and their country and culture as well as providing ePals to connect with Filipino classrooms.

Free resources link

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