This practical guide considers the research evidence that is needed to inform enlightened practice, and offers concrete suggestions and teaching approaches for early years settings and classrooms. This comprehensive book shows the ‘what,’ the ‘how,℉ and the ‘why’ of innovative, creative practice for teaching language and literacy. The author clearly examines how young children learn to use both spoken and written language, and shows how to assess, plan and teach for the effective learning of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each chapter includes case studies, learning and teaching suggestions, and further reading.

Children Who Find Learning to Read and Write Difficult

Children who find learning to read and write difficult

Reading affects everything that you do.

(Matthew, cited in Stanovich, 1986)


Both professionally and personally I have known children who entered the reception class reading fluently or once there, appeared with minimal support to learn to read as if by magic. Appropriate, differentiated teaching is essential for these children who learn to read successfully and easily so that they maintain their headstart and continue to progress in keeping with their ability. But a book devoted to the learning and teaching of oracy and literacy would be seriously flawed without a section that addresses the relatively small, but significant, group of children who find learning to read and write difficult.

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