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10 ways to make reading fun

Last week I blogged about BME in Phonics (beginning, middle, end). So this week, a few ideas for helping your child to find fun in reading. All you need is a pack of coloured card, marker pens and scissors, and dice – for hours of enjoyment during this lockdown. 1. Write a funny sentence for…

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BME: Has anything happened yet?

No. At least, not exactly in the way that I imagined it would from last week’s blog (3.4). I thought I would just go back to my ‘witch’ story and fly with it into another, higher dimension. You see I have my plot line – my witch is about to change a dog into a…

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BME for phonics

Intrigued? Read on. My last two blogs have featured the role of phonics in reading, alongside grammar and context (where stories are set), as linked clues towards efficient reading for meaning. Phonics remain a valuable component in this three part process, but as children become more familiar with letters and sounds through practice, and as…

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Can anything, really, happen?

Hello again, fellow fiction writers. I’m reading some wonderful fiction titles on my Facebook page. Well done! My last week’s blog focused on our powers of imagination – or in my case, a distinct lack of. And during these difficult weeks of home schooling maybe we should be taking a few lessons from our children…

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Reading: words in context

My last week’s blog featured phonics in reading. Yet, while phonic skills are undoubtedly the essential foundation for reading at word level – there is far more to reading than words alone. The end goal of reading is comprehension. After all, if children do not understand what they read, what is the point of phonics?…

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