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Reading teaching in schools can kill a love for books

Reading instruction in the classroom is a key concern for all teachers and there are many ways to go about it. However, is our determination for excellence in reading skills in our children killing their love and enjoyment of a good book?
Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka with a group of children in Lagos. Research suggests that literacy in a mother tongue is a building block for multilingualism. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Digital stories could hold the key to multilingual literacy for African children

Research tells us that multilingual literacy matters. But teaching children in Africa to read in their mother tongues as a springboard to literacy in other languages can be a fraught process.
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.
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…
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…
Kids usually find more interesting things to do on summer break than read books…but this can interrupt their progress in reading. Shutterstock

Preventing your kids’ summer reading slide

As the warmer weather settles in we know that it isn’t long before children are free of the restraints of school for another year. The regular reading that is a part of many children’s school day suddenly…
Getting your kids to read, and enjoy it, shouldn’t be so hard. Flickr/Johanna Loock

Three easy ways to get your kids to read better and enjoy it

It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars” - the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as…
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…
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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