And now BUZZ is out too. For years, teachers have been asking me to create an intervention programme to help the students who need more intensive one-on-one phonics teaching, and here it is!
ADDING MORE FREE DOWNLOADS
I have also created a few more free downloads (a punctuation guide and some character posters) which you can find on my website. Along with activity sheets for Set 4 and Set 5 of the readers, there is an audio recording of me reading the Goldilocks reader.
EARLY LITERACY SUPPORT GROUP
20 years ago, in the U.K., I devised the Early Literacy Support group early intervention literacy programme for Reading Recovery. I was so excited this year to be offered the opportunity as a Reading Recovery teacher to run Early Literacy Support again in my own school. My school renamed it Reading Discovery Club to make it more child-friendly. Teachers have been asking me if I can share what I do in my lessons. The answer to that is a big resounding YES! I am working on turning it into a format that others can follow, and I hope to have that available for you over the summer before Term 1 starts in 2022.
Great to see this video from the British Dyslexia Association supporting a structured, cumulative, and multi-sensory approach to the teaching of reading with a range of strategies alongside phonics instruction. Sensible stuff! It’s a must watch for any teacher interested in structured literacy and the role of phonics within that.
ACKNOWLEDGING MY AWESOME TEAM
I wish to acknowledge the dedicated people I work with at YSL who do all the behind the scenes work that helps you and me support our students first steps into literacy - Anthony, Cath, Sandra, Louise, Carolyn, Sarah, Neve and Asher. Also our advisory teachers Janice, Marg and Linda. Thank you, team, for everything you do. Also, a big thank you the teachers and teacher aides who put the children first no matter what.
I really value your ongoing interest in early literacy and I am delighted to be able to continue to offer you professional training and quality teaching resources that benefit children in this area.
• Here is a photo of my fantastic friend, Janice and I visiting the rebuilt where I used to teach at Te Ara Koropiko. Here is a photo of my fantastic friend, Janice and I visiting the rebuilt Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon school where I used to teach with her.
• boogying at the Vegan Ball
• swapping biking for walking to school
• experimenting with a Thermomix cooking robot
• continuing my cake obsession (see the beautiful vegan Victoria sponge gifted to me)
UPCOMING PROJECTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
• making Reading Discovery Club available to all
• Touring New Zealand to teach my courses (view course schedule)
And I'm all over social media... almost!
I’m happy to announce that I am now on LinkedIn and Instagram as well as my Facebook page and YouTube channel. I would be very grateful if you would review me where applicable on those platforms. Thank you!