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The Ingredients for Reading Success

Before I begin this blog, I would just like to share something exciting from my own life that happened when my youngest son was in his first year of school. He had previously had ZERO interest in reading, and for the first time, he actually READ, not “read”(with inverted commas), his first book. It was a decodable text and he sounded out each sound –painstakingly –in his head, before saying the words out loud. He had previously been sent home with predictable texts, with sentences such as “The hippopotamus jumped in the lake. The baboon jumped in the lake. The alligator jumped in the lake”. Without the accompanying images and predictable sentence structure, he would have had no chance of reading...

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