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by Anna
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: List of simple chapter books - post SP instruction
Replies: 2
Views: 6312

List of simple chapter books - post SP instruction

Hi all, I am compiling a list for parents of easier chapter books for my tutoring pupils to read once they have completed reading the BRI books or another SP programme such as the Sound Reading System. They no longer need decodable text but need lots of practice with books which interest them, with ...
by Anna
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

I know that the main focus of this discussion is the Elf books but since the BRI/ARI books have been brought into the discussion I just wanted to clarify one point which has been made. As Geraldine points out, the mapping of the alphabetic code which underpins the BRI/ARI books, was carried out as p...
by Anna
Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

Hi Peter, Thanks for the clarification. Yes, I actually means EAL learners. I am working with a Polish girl and the books have been great for her vocabulary and her very weak memory but she did come to me understanding and speaking some English. She had been in the UK for 2 years at that point. I ha...
by Anna
Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

Hi Kelly, I got it wrong about reading from back to front. You have to turn the book upside down. I agree totally about the concern about all capitals. I have investigated further and the 2nd set - after only 5 books in the first I think - introduces all this: qu, ch, sh, th, ph oo and ee (fair enou...
by Anna
Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

I need to have a more thorough read of this website but it concerns me that the earliest books are read as all lower case letters or (even worse I think) by reading from back to front (which surely sets up confusion about how books in our script is read) all in capitals. I haven't used decodables wi...
by Anna
Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

Sorry, I meant to say that there are far more books in the whole of BRI and ARI than in Elf. As far as I know, it is the most extensive set of decodables out there. So many books is not necessary for all children and Dick says we can skip books/stories. So far, I have needed all the 'redundancy' oft...
by Anna
Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: elf
Replies: 49
Views: 22603

These books look interesting and superficially similar to the BRI/ARI architecture. However, as Geraldine has pointed out the BRI books are the result of extensive research. There are far more books in ARI 1 than in the Elf series - more in the crucial first 2 sets than in the whole of Elf. I have o...
by Anna
Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MP says 'Dyslexia is a Myth'
Replies: 93
Views: 39489

Here is a link which I found which may relate to the news item I was thinking of. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7063713.stm
by Anna
Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: MP says 'Dyslexia is a Myth'
Replies: 93
Views: 39489

Hi Susan, That is very interesting. I will look at those links. Here in the UK there seems to be some conflicting information about how much 'social' drinking is ok in pregnancy. I had thought that the recommendation was to abstain totally to be safe but I'm sure I saw something on our news recently...
by Anna
Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jim Rose update on SP progress in schools
Replies: 8
Views: 3610

I have recently discovered that pupils can get a level 4 with a reading age of only 8 (Burt test). This is what one of my Yr 6 tutees has been predicted and I tested him at the end of last term. So this isn't a very good measure of a fluent reader who will be able to access the Secondary curriculum....
by Anna
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Skillful decoder. Misreads the SMALL, non-content words.
Replies: 9
Views: 10722

Hi Cartwheel, Welcome to BRI. You'll find the books great. I use them for my younger pupils or those at a more basic level. Have you joined the yahoo group? You'll get loads of useful advice and info there. I find this is common amongst my older learners - whether they read m-s words well or not. I ...
by Anna
Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read Write Inc Spelling
Replies: 1
Views: 1615

Read Write Inc Spelling

Hi all, Happy New Year! I was looking at the links to Read Write Inc -thanks Susan for such user-friendly links. :grin: I noticed that there is a new programme available called Read Write Inc Spelling, aimed at Yr 2 - 6 as a follow-on for pupils who have learned basic phonics with Read Write Inc fro...
by Anna
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonological processing & dyslexia
Replies: 13
Views: 5397

I do think phonological processing weaknesses are a factor but probably more for spelling than reading. Many of my older strugglers have problems pronouncing multisyllabic words and don't notice subtle differences between similar sounding words. For example when working on /ow/ last week for spellin...
by Anna
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Short/Long Vowels
Replies: 8
Views: 3579

Short/Long Vowels

Hi all, I am just wondering how others classify short and long vowels? I don't tend to use the terms with my younger/more beginner learners but there does come a point where I want to teach doubling and think they are a useful shorthand. I have always thought of short vowels as /a/ /o/ /i/ /e/ and /...
by Anna
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food
Replies: 21
Views: 9570

Hi all, Just as a follow-up to the suggestions for suitable reading material for my Yr 6 pupil, who is working at a pretty basic level. This particular pupil is not keen on football, so I think that set would be a non-starter! Songbirds has been recommended to me but I think it look a bit 'young' - ...