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2021 Yolanda’s end of year roundup
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Yolanda’s end of year roundup

...launching three major resources (including an App), resurrecting an oldie (but a goodie) literacy programme and embracing social media

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Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou.

 
I hope you have all had a great year. I know we have all faced many challenges with Covid and its consequences.

RELEASING MY APP (finally!)

This year has been very satisfying for me with the launch of three resources that have been years in the making. Firstly – the Alphabet Sounds App. So happy to have this out at last. The Press even came to school and interviewed me about it! If you can spare the time, I would love to get some reviews on the app. Thank you.

PUBLISHING #5 EARLY WORDS READERS

I’m also very happy to have finished the Early Words Readers series with the launch of the final set and was delighted to be interviewed by Jesse Mulligan about how I wrote them.

LAUNCHING THE BUZZ PROGRAMME

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.
 

STRUCTURED LITERACY

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.
 
Ngā mihi,
 
Yolanda Soryl |  Trainer, founder, educator  |  yolanda@yolandasoryl.com

Other personal highlights for 2021


Janice and Yolanda at Te Ara Koropiko• 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!
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