News

While not everyone agrees that reading is one of life's pleasures, few would dispute that reading is an essential skill for a rich and full life. Certainly, without learning to read well, schooling becomes a lot more challenging. If you're not a good reader and writer, you will encounter many hurdles in a school environment.

  • 2 min read
There are five skills that we see in all good readers. These skills are necessary for readers to recognise words easily and quickly, focus on the meaning of the words they are reading and make sense of what they have read. 
  • 3 min read
The idea for Helping children become better readers came to me many years ago when I was working in schools with parents and teacher aides helping children learn to read.  It became clear to me that some of the prompts being used weren't particularly helpful.
  • 1 min read

Because reading is such an essential life skill, it is very common for caregivers or parents to be concerned about their child's rate of progress. 

But whether or not you should actually be concerned depends on these key behaviours.

  • 2 min read
It is very common for people to say to me that their child reads but doesn't understand. This is not reading.
  • 2 min read
We all know that reading is an essential skill, but many teachers struggle to fit it in with all the competing demands on their time.  Rather than see reading as an extra thing to make time for, we need to see it as part of how we teach content and skills.
  • 2 min read
It makes sense that if there is no prior knowledge, then there is nothing to activate. Students often study topics they know very little about (that is why, after all, that they attend school!) and therefore teachers must think of ways of providing the necessary background knowledge quickly and efficiently.
  • 2 min read
The purpose of reading is comprehension; to make meaning from what is read, not just saying the words. When teachers complain their students read but don't understand the text, their students are decoding, not reading.
  • 2 min read

Search