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This accessible and practical guide to teaching young children to read focuses on: the process of learning to read and its implications for teaching; issues about learning to read which all teachers need to understand; and a programme of teaching children to read. The author deals with the learning that is necessary, and the teaching which enables it to be achieved. Now fully updated to include the most recent thinking on phonics, handwriting and literacy practices in the early years classroom, the book proposes a theoretical teaching model which will help teachers to make optimum use of the Literacy Hour.

Learning to Read
Learning to read

It is a peculiarity of the topic of learning to read that although it receives a great deal of attention in the press and especially amongst politicians, these same interested people tend to fall into the trap of giving the impression that teaching a child to read is a simple matter, requiring only a little diligence on the part of teachers. Perhaps it is the result of teachers being so successful, for in truth the degree of success that is involved in ensuring such a high degree of literacy amongst the adult population is a tribute to our schools.

Nevertheless, success should not blind us to the fact that the acquisition of skill in reading is a highly complex matter. It ...

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