Phonics helps teach children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word.
Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
Time to sink into some deep thoughts.
Want to contemplate some big questions this summer but don't know where to start? Here are some top picks from some of Australia's top philosophers.
These are the books to read with your children this summer.
From the informative to the whimsical to the flat out hilarious, here are ten Australian books to keep your child's brain active through the holidays.
Bedtime stories can be comforting, chilling and mysterious, but new research highlights how emotions change depending on how children are doing it.
What does it take for kids to be ready for school?
Children who aren't ready for school tend to lag behind their peers in later grades. Parents and teachers can help.
Politicians need to invest in teachers to improve education standards.
Politicians need to stop meddling with education policy and invest in teachers if Australia's science, mathematics and reading standards are to improve.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading.
Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
What students can learn from time spent in care homes.
A new phonics test won’t help us understand what the problems are. We need solutions.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Sales of Thomas Piketty’s book Capital now exceed 2.5 million worldwide.
A 700-page book of economics was never going to be a walk in the park.
Watch out! Trigger warnings sign-post difficult material, giving the audience a chance to prepare.
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In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.
Bookstagrammers captures the aesthetic beauty of book covers and jackets.
The #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram is changing the way the world looks at reading.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
The new film version of Swallows and Amazons set in the Lake District.
How the new film could inspire parents and children to head to the Lake District, to spend time canoeing, building campfires and reconnecting with nature.
Paper or tablet?
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.
Is there weight to claims that reading can make you a better person – or are they just tall tales?
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Two sociologists recommend their favourite thriller for your summer reading.
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A Renaissance expert recommends her favourite historical fiction.