The Magic Beltseries is the latest offering from the Phonicbooks stable. It is promoted as being a ‘catch-up’ series of twelve books for 8-14-year-olds ‘who would benefit from starting a phonics course from the beginning’. It covers the structures at word level from CVC, through CVCC and CCVC to CCVCC, as well as the consonant… Continue reading The Magic Belt series from Phonicbooks
There was a very interesting (and very muddled) piece in the Times yesterday on the subject of the sounds of the English language and its spelling conventions. The story begins with former investment banker Jaber Jabbour sitting on an aeroplane reading the safety instructions and wondering why two languages, in this case Portuguese and English,… Continue reading Jaber whacky!
As a boy, I often enjoyed reading G.K.Chesterton’s Father Brown’s stories. So, when I noticed there was a programme on Radio 4 on Tuesday entitled ‘Scoring Father Brown’, I decided to tune in to listen to what it was all about. According to the trail on the Radio 4 website, the programme was about ‘a unique exploration… Continue reading Music, Father Brown and phonics teaching