Phonics and Spelling

I had the privilege of listening to Dr Misty Adoniou (Associate Professor in Language, Literacy and Teaching, English as a Second Language, University of Canberra) address the role of analytical and synthetic phonics in learning to read and write. She was an inspirational speaker who reminded us that ‘sounding out’ words is such a small part of reading. (Refer to a previous post Reading Is About Meaning.)

Dr Misty Adoniou wrote the following articles. They explain much of the information that she shared during her presentation.

Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help          

How to help children with spelling

How do we learn to read? 

New phonics test will do nothing to improve Australian children’s literacy

NAPLAN results show it isn’t the basics that are missing in Australian education

Please note that these articles do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of SAEPS.

I came across a great newspaper article about Reading Recovery. For some reason (that I have never understood) RR gets some unfavorable press so it’s refreshing to read such a positive article-


I’m busy finishing off the last of the reports at the moment. It’s satisfying to reflect on the progress that’s been made so far. May it continue…..

1 / 2 excursion

Last Monday and Tuesday the Year 1 /2 classes visited  Werribee Mansion to look at how people lived in the ‘olden days’. I went along on Tuesday and my students have been writing about their experiences during the week.


Here are some of their compositions about the ‘highlights’ of the excursion:


I saw a chalkboard and puppets and an old dress and old man clothes. 

I saw chickens and they were laying eggs. I saw olden days horse things.

You were allowed to sit on the horse. It was standing still.

I was smelling the pink and purple roses.



My favourite part is the long stairs. I liked climbing the stairs up to the other rooms.

In the kids’ room there was a yellow doll house and a big bed.

The ducks were swimming on the big lake. The island didn’t have any animals on it.


The funniest thing was the white pot that you go to the toilet in. 

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