Poems Just Abandoned

Phonics has been in the news lately. As a retired teacher, I have had the joy of sharing reading adventures with many children. Those of us who have spent a lifetime teaching won’t deny the value of phonics. It is one of the word attack skills but the nature of English, derived as it isContinue reading “Poems Just Abandoned”

On This Matter Of Phonics

The old demon of oversimplification is back again with the teaching of reading. Of course phonics is a useful word attack skill but it is not the centre of the universe. Reading is a very complex task – perhaps more so than ever before in this contemporary world. Phonics alone simply cannot deal with it. ThereContinue reading “On This Matter Of Phonics”