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Scientific Research for the Effective Teaching of Reading

National and international assessments indicate that about one quarter of Australian students achieve literacy results at or below the minimum standards. This is a real concern for confidence and further learning. In 2000, in the largest, most comprehensive evidenced-based review ever conducted of research on how children learn to read, the USA National Reading Panel (NRP) presented its findings.  The specific areas the NRP noted as crucial for reading instruction were phonemic instruction, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  The recommendations were that students must be taught these areas explicitly and systematically.

I highly recommend Kerry Hempenstall's excellent article - Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading.  It is a must read for everyone interested in how and why to teach reading.  It is extremely comprehensive and easy to read.  Click here to download.

We have created our resources from the scientific evidence.  In 2016 we conducted two formative assessments in order to see whether Little Learners Love Literacy is an effective whole classroom approach.  We are still getting the statistics together but we are thrilled with the results.  At Westgarth Primary 75% of Prep students were reading our Stage 7 books (assessed on unseen text without illustrations).  We loved the way the students knew exactly which phonemes and graphemes they had learnt and we also were thrilled they could discuss the different sounds the grapheme 'y' represents at the end of one-syllable and two-syllable words.