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Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Children who love reading generally score higher on literacy tests than those who are ambivalent about it. from shutterstock.com

The Coalition’s $10 million for Year 1 phonics checks would be wasted money

It would be wiser to spend money on policies that allow teachers to teach in ways that nurture children’s sense of belonging and making sure children are not hungry when they are trying to learn.
Research in England has found that the proposed test was no more accurate than the teacher’s judgement in identifying children with reading difficulties. Shutterstock

New phonics test will do nothing to improve Australian children’s literacy

Education Minister Simon Birmingham is right to be concerned about the number of children struggling with literacy - but this test is not the solution.
Children need to learn how to sound out words they haven’t seen before. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do we need a phonics test for six-year-olds?

Many young children can give the false impression that they are learning to read, when in fact they are mostly guessing words from pictures or context. This test will help to identify these students.
Phonics helps teach children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is phonics and why is it important?

Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
Pressuring kids to memorise obscure, low frequency words does not promote good learning. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Spelling bees don’t teach kids literacy, or much else

Channel Ten's newly announced show, The Great Australian Spelling Bee, may seem like a great platform for promoting literacy skills. But it is promoting the memorisation of pointless, low-frequency words rather than anything helpful.
The small amount of research that has been undertaken on Reading Recovery does show a positive effect. But all teacher interventions show some positive effect, and it’s not enough to justify continued use of the program. from www.shutterstock.com

There are many remedial programs superior to Reading Recovery

The Reading Recovery program assumes reading is a natural process that can be guessed from pictures, but there are far better programs with proven effectiveness.
Literacy doesn’t just mean being able to recognise letters and words on a page. Shutterstock

A balanced approach is best for teaching kids how to read

We all want young children to be given the very best opportunities to become successful, engaged and passionate readers. The teaching of reading is constantly mired, however, in a tired old debate between…
English is a complex language with roots in many others, and the teaching of it should reflect this. AAP

The way we teach most children to read sets them up to fail

A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks…
Spell it out. Alphabet soup via Brian Mueller/Shutterstock

Teaching to the T-E-S-T: phonics is working for most children

Teaching children to read with phonics has been a central plank of recent “Govian” education policy. A new set of statistics shows that 74% of children in the first year of primary school now meet the…

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