The Alphabet Tree

The Alphabet Tree

The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni provides a nice analogy of the writing process. The story begins with the letters living individually on the top most leaves of a tree.  Similarly, when you begin to learn the alphabet code you need to understand the code represented by each individual letters.  However, by themselves these letters […]

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Getting Past the Boring Bit

Many older children, especially reluctant readers, quickly stop reading their chosen book, usually with the reason that, ‘It is boring!’ Many of these children choose books based on the illustration on the cover of the book and perhaps the title.  This means that there is often a mismatch between the actual story and the children’s expectation […]

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5 Tips for Teaching Homophones

The word ‘homophone’ comes from the Greek words ‘homo’ meaning same and ‘phone’ meaning sound.  Thus homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Homophones have arisen because of changes to pronunciation over time (for example ‘meat’ was originally pronounces as /met/ and ‘meet’ was pronounced as /meeet/) […]

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Dyslexia-A Student’s Perspective

My name is Jade Wheeler and I am reportedly one out of five children that have been diagnosed with “Dyslexia” in Australia. I am now thirteen years old and I still struggle with Dyslexia. I want to make a difference by getting the Government/Education Department to add Dyslexia to the four-year Teachers Bachelor’s degree done […]

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Story Prompts

Not surprisingly the research shows that the more children write the better their writing becomes.  The trick is to get reluctant writers writing.  Below is a list of story prompts.  However, for reluctant writers, I suggest you begin by creating oral stories to which both you and your child contribute.  Once you have experienced success […]

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