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Ending the year as we began by looking at phonics…

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By Read it mummies and daddies

Back in January phonics were a hot topic for us, as Charlotte began to experience the sharp end of early years introduction to phonics and decoding.

At times, it felt like we couldn’t dare broach the subject of reading books supplied by school for fear of turning Charlotte off reading books for pleasure altogether. We wrote several times about the ‘unnatural’ process of decoding and breaking down words, about the way we felt phonics didn’t aid a child’s recognition of key words, and undecodable ‘difficult’ words would always be a spoke in the wheel of any programme designed to introduce reading in a bizarre formulaic fashion.

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