1st Edition

From Tragic to Magic: A Phonological Fairy Tale and Guide to Prepare Children for Literacy

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 23, 2021
ISBN 9780367685928
May 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
42 Pages 22 Color Illustrations

USD $19.95

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Book Description

This engaging and colourful story and guide has been created to prepare children for reading and spelling, through the recognition of phonological patterns such as rhyme and alliteration and the awareness of syllables and phonemes within words. By working on and strengthening language skills, in turn, you are building the children’s literacy abilities - together.

A prequal to the storybook, Who Put the Spell into Spelling?, it tells the story of three siblings who set out to rescue their teacher, Miss Tragic. As they battle with a giant, a witch and a wizard, they encounter three phonological challenges that focus on syllables, rhyming and phonemes.

Key features include:

  • Games and prompt questions for each chapter, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, to assess memory, understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and creativity
  • A selection of additional activities to help to continue developing phonological awareness beyond the story
  • Guidance and support for the adult reader throughout

With beautiful accompanying illustrations, this fun fairy tale provides an exciting and imaginative way of preparing children up to seven years old for phonics, reading and spelling at primary school. It is an essential resource for parents, carers, grandparents and early educators.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Introduction  Chapter 1: Miss Tragic  Syllables  Chapter 2: Ginormous the Giant and Syllables  Rhyme  Chapter 3: Esmerelda the Witch and Rhyme  Phonemes  Chapter 4: Wisdom the Wizard and Phonemes  Phonological Awareness Games and Activities

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Georgie Cooney works for the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) and teaches students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). She first worked as a classroom teacher both in the U.K and in the U.S.A and then re-trained in the field of language and literacy. After becoming a dyslexia specialist, she has lectured, trained teachers, managed and coordinated Inclusion and Special Educational Needs in both mainstream and specialist settings. Georgie is also the author of ‘Who Put the Spell Into Spelling’ – a beautifully illustrated story book and work book set designed to help children remember and use spelling rules. She seeks to improve the literacy skills in all children and adults, in the hope that this will widen their opportunities in life.

Georgie has a website (Dyslexia Spell), which helps to give more information about her work and this can be found at: www.dyslexiaspell.com

You can also find useful tips and advice on her youtube channel: dyslexiaspell and follow her on instagram or Facebook at dyslexiaspell.