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Teaching Early Reading and Phonics
Creative Approaches to Early Literacy



144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Teaching Early Reading and Phonics: Creative Approaches to Early Literacy supports teachers using phonics in their teaching of early reading. The authors show how important it is to ensure that children acquire a wide range of reading strategies, while also setting out practical 'pointers' which will enable teachers to translate the theory into effective practice.

Readers will learn:

  • How to plan phonics within a rich, interactive and playful literacy pedagogy
  • How to construct relationships with the young readers in their classes and the texts around them
  • How to embed the teaching of phonics in carefully selected high quality materials – particularly in children's literature.

Written for practicing teachers, student teachers on initial teacher training courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, the book will also be useful for advisors working on continuing professional development.

 
Sensible Approaches to the Teaching of Reading
 
Critical Contexts
 
The Role of the Teacher
 
Knowledge for Reading
 
Environments for Reading
 
Resources for Reading
 
Reading Routines
 
Talk, Reading and Writing
 
Assessment of Reading
 
Conclusions: Principles and Practice

'Informed by their own extensive teaching experience and research knowledge, Kathy Goouch and Andrew Lambirth provide the field with a principled and carefully argued text which should be owned, referred to and cherished by every teacher of young children. I hope it will also be read (properly!) by every politician who has been seduced by the idea of a quick, formulaic 'phonics first/only' approach to universal literacy' -
Tricia David, Emeritus Professor of Education Canterbury Christ Church University and Honorary Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Sheffield


'Authored by Kathy Goouch and Andrew Lambirth who have extensive knowledge and experience from their professional backgrounds as teachers, researchers and teacher educators, Teaching Early Reading and Phonics is a seminal text for all those involved in promoting literacy especially among the very young. In my view the beauty of this book is two-fold: firstly its argument is grounded in long established and more recent understanding about learning though the authors bring freshness, vigour and candour to this understanding as they address all relevant aspects of teaching reading and the role of phonics. Secondly is its directness in naming, explaining and addressing the misconceptions in current policy and practice on the teaching of reading so that the 'fight back' the book initiates invites a more thoughtful and professional direction for the way forward. This book most definitely 'stands out from the crowd' as a pivotal text that should be essential reading on the teaching of reading' -
Kathy Hall, University College Cork, Ireland


This easy-to-read book presents nonpolitical and sensible approaches to teaching reading...This reviewer really enjoyed this direct book and believes it will be excellent for beginning teachers and parents. Highly recommended
CHOICE




'Informed by their own extensive teaching experience and research knowledge, Kathy Goouch and Andrew Lambirth provide the field with a principled and carefully argued text which should be owned, referred to and cherished by every teacher of young children. I hope it will also be read (properly!) by every politician who has been seduced by the idea of a quick, formulaic 'phonics first/only' approach to universal literacy' -
Tricia David, Emeritus Professor of Education Canterbury Christ Church University and Honorary Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Sheffield


'Authored by Kathy Goouch and Andrew Lambirth who have extensive knowledge and experience from their professional backgrounds as teachers, researchers and teacher educators, Teaching Early Reading and Phonics is a seminal text for all those involved in promoting literacy especially among the very young. In my view the beauty of this book is two-fold: firstly its argument is grounded in long established and more recent understanding about learning though the authors bring freshness, vigour and candour to this understanding as they address all relevant aspects of teaching reading and the role of phonics. Secondly is its directness in naming, explaining and addressing the misconceptions in current policy and practice on the teaching of reading so that the 'fight back' the book initiates invites a more thoughtful and professional direction for the way forward. This book most definitely 'stands out from the crowd' as a pivotal text that should be essential reading on the teaching of reading' -
Kathy Hall, University College Cork, Ireland

B.S. Bennett
Park University
CHOICE Magazine

This text would support student teachers who are wanting to go into more depth regarding the teaching of Early Reading and Phonics or may have English as a specialism.

Ms Penny Amott
IOE, Institute of Education
March 15, 2016

An essential text for the new EYTS

Miss Donna Luck
early years, Northampton University
March 7, 2014

This text is useful for those with some understanding of phonics (final year students/NQTs and experienced classroom teachers alike) but who are struggling to keep it in context. By reminding the reader that phonics is an aspect of early reading, and by providing clear guidance about the knowledge and resources needed to teach reading effectively, the authors have provided a useful subject knowledge text for those who want to teach children to read for meaning.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester Univ.
December 13, 2013

excellent and straightforward text. Our students on all courses have found this useful.

Ms Julia Hall
Department of Primary Education, Greenwich University
July 23, 2013

A very helpful text which sets out strategies to support early reading. The text will help the Early Years Teacher conceptualise what is need to prepare a child for early reading. I have added to our reading list.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
July 11, 2013

Fantastic starter text

Mrs Michelle Williams
applied health sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
July 3, 2013

Excellent text for my MA Dyslexia research and Practice course- it proves necessary background and rationale for phonics while also providing opportunities to theoretically explore creative approaches to teaching and learning.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
July 18, 2012

Provides a broad knowledge base from which to draw. The chapter on assessment offers practical advice whilst at the same time exploring pedagogical practices.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 11, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Sensible approaches to the teaching of reading


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Kathy Goouch

Kathy Goouch is Professor of Early Education in the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Canterbury Christ Church University.  Kathy's career in education began in the 1970s as a teacher in London schools, later focusing on teaching very young children in school and kindergarten.  She now enjoys teaching, researching and writing about babies and young children, their literacy and learning and the people who care for them and help them to learn.  She has contributed to conferences across the world and is developing research collaborations to contribute to understandings of... More About Author

Andrew Lambirth

Andrew Lambirth is Professor of Education in The Faculty of Education and Health at The University of Greenwich. Before joining Higher Education, he was a Primary School teacher in Peckham and Bermondsey in South East London. Andrew has published widely in the field of the teaching of Literacy and English including: Primary English (2005, Learning Matters), Creativity and Writing: Developing Voice and Verve in the Classroom (2005, Routledge) with Grainger and Goouch. Understanding Reading and the Teaching of Phonics: Critical Perspectives (2007, Open University) Literacy on the Left: Reform and Revolution (2007 Bloomsbury); Making... More About Author

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