Literacy Solutions Blog

Why vocabulary matters to reading and writing success

Monday, 27 April 2020 at 3:46 pm

Most children acquire vocabulary through real life experiences.

Research studies identify strong links between the working vocabularies of young children and their subsequent reading achievement levels. There is widespread agreement that vocabulary is one of the keys to reading. Not only is it a valuable predictor of reading success in the early years, but it continues to impact achievement levels well into secondary …

The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8): Now Available

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 7:58 am

Our new book, The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8) is now available for purchase. This is the most comprehensive publication we have developed to assist teachers to develop the comprehension skills of young readers. It has been designed to help teachers deliver high yield outcomes with highly structured support.

The Comprehension Toolkit (ages 5-8): now available

We’re enormously proud of this publication and feel confident early …

The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8) Preview

Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 7:25 pm

‘The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8)’. 82 reading lessons for busy teachers.

I’m very excited share some details about our upcoming book, The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8). The book is currently with our printer, but should be available in just a few weeks.

The Comprehension Toolkit (Ages 5-8) is a 240 page teacher workbook containing 82 lessons for busy teachers. The book is designed to assist teachers …

The Daily Write (Early Years)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 at 8:08 am

‘The Daily Write (Early Years)’ – A book of writing prompts for teachers of Years P-2.

The Daily Write (Early Years) is a 48 page publication containing stimulus pictures with accompanying writing prompts. The book is designed for teachers to use as a shared text in poster format.

Daily writing, even for short periods of time, supports students to generate ideas, develop fluency of thinking, translate …

The Daily Write

Sunday, 4 March 2018 at 6:40 pm

‘The Daily Write’ – A book of writing prompts for teachers of Years 2-6.

The Daily Write is a 48 page publication containing stimulus pictures with accompanying writing prompts, suitable for individual, or whole class use. The book is printed in full colour to enable teachers to remove and laminate pages and store as part of a classroom learning centre if desired.

Daily writing, even for …

The Background: Where did the ideas originate?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 11:11 am

Cheerful Pens, Mastery Circuit, Sliding Cards, The Reading Wall, (Higher yield) Reading Stamina and Peer Tutoring

This is for those who’ve asked, formally and informally over the years. Our conversations have been short and often rushed. In workshops and consulting, the focus is on teaching or demonstrating the strategies, but time never permits a fuller explanation about where the ideas originated and what underpins them. As …

Mastery Circuit (Hardwiring, or overlearning essential subskills)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 7:49 am

The Mastery Circuit was inspired by learnings in education, psychology, neuroscience and marketing … But mostly by Dame Marie Clay and her insistence that hard to teach students must overlearn one element every day while participating in the Reading Recovery Program.

Though this idea does not guarantee memory of subskills for all learners 1, it is highly effective for many. Background notes for this strategy are …

Easy, fun strategies for teaching reading and writing . . .
An introduction

Sunday, 22 October 2017 at 8:11 pm

Hi All

I hope you’ve been well and enjoying a productive year. It’s been ages since I posted. As some of you know, our blog had been taken down. Thank you to Glenda who advised our blog had been spammed with inappropriate material. This has only just been resolved and we’re back in action. As a result, I have a number of entries from earlier this …

Problem/Solution (Part 7 of 7)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 at 10:21 am

In problem/solution texts, the author presents a problem and one or more potential solutions. Only one significant problem and solution may be presented in simpler texts. In longer, more complex texts there may be one main or overarching problem, in addition to one or multiple smaller complications, all or most of which are usually resolved. Some texts feature multiple complications which together create one main …

List/Description (Part 6 of 7)

Sunday, 5 June 2016 at 10:57 am

In a description the author describes, lists, explains or highlights attributes, features and characteristics of people, things or places. In body paragraphs there may be one main, or central idea, which can be identified by locating a topic sentence or summary sentence, or by inferring a connection between ideas across sentences. Examples, analogies, explanations or elaborations provide details about the significant idea. A description, …