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In 1996 Joy Allcock began a Master of Education degree with the intention of finding the answers to these questions:
- How do children learn to read and spell?
- Do we learn to spell the same way we learn to read?
- Why are some people good readers but inaccurate spellers?
- Why do some children learn to read and spell easily but others struggle, despite their obvious intelligence?
- Are there better ways to teach spelling than giving students lists of words to learn?
Since completing a masters degree with first class honours in 2000, Joy has developed a range of resources to help students understand the alphabetic principle and the spelling system of written English. Her resources are based on current research and are designed to link the teaching of spelling, reading, writing and proofreading. They all include integrated phonics instruction and they provide students with interactive, multi-sensory experiences that make learning fun and successful. The teachers' resources provide teachers with knowledge of the spelling system that underpins written English - of why words are spelled the way they are.
Dramatic improvements in literacy at Titahi Bay School!