Tag: phonics

Yes to the Phonics Screening Check: my ‘Why’ in 10 points

A few readers have asked for my views on the proposed Phonics Screening Check for all Year 1 students in Australia. I’m against testing kids for testing’s sake. I know many overworked, and under-resourced teachers oppose the check for a...

/ 5 November 2017
Reading Problems and What to do About Them. Research-based Answers to 24 Frequently Asked Questions.

My loved one has reading problems. Where can I find evidence-based answers to get help? New free eBook

Instantly download our new, 188-page, free eBook here: What is it? There’s so much information out there about reading difficulties, including dyslexia. It’s hard to sort: the good stuff – based on independent, peer-reviewed evidence; from the nonsense – the fads,...

/ 13 August 2017

Preparing your pre-schooler to learn to read: skills to focus on first

What can we do to help our pre-schoolers get ready to read without being accused of helicopter-parenting? A lazy Google search will confirm there are loads of courses and programs marketed to worried parents of pre-schoolers. Many are not supported...

/ 1 May 2017

“I’m not a child!” How to get help for a teenager or adult you love who can’t read

Imagine for a moment that you can’t read or write; even at a basic level: How would you apply for, find or hold down work? If you found work, how could you review your employment contract? How would you communicate...

/ 24 April 2017

Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works

On reflection, I’m incredibly lucky. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up, my house was full of chatter, stories and books. My early state school education in regional Victoria was long on “old school” phonics and short on fads. I learned...

/ 8 February 2017

“Does Dyslexia Exist?”

For a surefire way to ignite a global debate, simply ask this question in public. That’s what Professor Julian “Joe” Elliott and Simon Gibbs did when they published a paper with this title in 2008 claiming that “dyslexia” is a scientifically...

/ 10 August 2015

5 resources you can use at home to help your child to read

Sitting on the train the other day, I noticed almost everyone in the carriage was reading. Not novels or magazines. But emails, news feeds, text messages, social media posts and websites. Even the guy singing along with his iPhone was...

/ 18 May 2015

Reading heroes: the Fantastic Mr Flesch – phonics warrior and Plain English pioneer (1911-1986)

Unless you’re a word-nerd, like me, you probably haven’t heard of this gentleman.  But he’s done us all a great service.   Mr F, looking sage and stern. I first stumbled upon Flesch’s writing when I was working for an...

/ 7 March 2014