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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.

The Literacy Hour: A Theoretical Basis for its Implementation
The literacy hour: A theoretical basis for its implementation

The proposals for the establishment of an hour per day devoted to the development of literacy should not be regarded as a retrograde step. It should be seen as an opportunity to regard learning to read as part of a wider development involving the development of cognate abilities in spelling, writing and understanding of language, spoken and written. All of these interact and advancement in one enhances advancement in the others.

Many teachers in the past have combined these aspects of literacy, but the amount of interaction has been variable. It is to be hoped that the new proposals will foster a more determined effort by all teachers to ...

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