Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.
You know in my last blog I said we've all started school? Well we really have! It would appear that I have to totally re-learn how to read.
There's been a lot of talk lately about two things that are going on in primary schools at the moment. Synthetic Phonics, which is the government prescribed method of teaching kids to read and write, and iPads, which are starting to play an important role in schools and learning.
We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?
Teachers have called for a campaign against the government's new reading test, including a possible boycott, as it warned
Six-year-olds in England will face a new reading test next summer, after trials this year.