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Arial font was as effective as Dyslexie front when the spacing of letters and words were enlarged. from www.shutterstock.com

Spacing of letters, not shape of letters, slightly increases reading speed of those with dyslexia

A new font designed called 'Dyslexie' was labelled 'a breakthrough' by the media for reportedly being about to help increase the reading speed of those with dyslexia. But does it really work?
Family dinners can whet children’s appetites for reading. Family via www.shutterstock.com.

Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious readers

Family meals – with lively conversation, storytelling and discussions of books and the tales they contain – feed children's literacy skills.
A child’s reading progression isn’t based on age, so you need to know what stage your child is up to in order to help them. Shutterstock

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

A child’s reading progression isn’t based on age, so you need to know what stage your child is up to in order to help them.
Sometimes Fun with Dick and Jane isn’t so fun after all, meaning kids will disengage from reading. Liz West/Flickr

Ditch the home readers – real books are better for your child

As school resumes for the new year, the “home reader” routine for primary school children also recommences. For many parents and children, reading these short texts can be the most agonising part of the…
Teaching kids to read isn’t just about learning the alphabet or “sounding out”, it’s about making sense of what’s on the page. Shutterstock

The seven messages of highly effective reading teachers

In 1982, the late, great NZ reading researcher Marie Clay identified a group of children having difficulty learning to read as “tangled tots (with) reading knots”. She was referring to children who, despite…

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