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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.

Useful Word Lists

A useful source of common words that have been categorised according to their spelling patterns and from which teachers can draw words for comparison and illustration when teaching children to read and spell has been produced by Dr Joyce Morris in conjunction with the Montessori Centre in London. This list conforms to the three basic spelling patterns of English defined in 1962 by the linguist C. C. Fries. Dr Morris's list, based on her Phonics 44 programme, begins with the spelling pattern consonant-vowel-consonant, listing first words with single consonants: am, bad and a list of similar -a- words; bed and -e-words; if, in, it, bib and -i- words; on, ox, bod and -o- words; up, us, bud and -u- words; plus CVC ...

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