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But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

All kids need to learn how the language works in order to read and write. Some need much more practice than others - and they get that here.

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But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

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But for many kids that is not enough. As fragile skills develop, they need reading material that they can read, want to read, and meets their learning needs - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. As fragile skills develop, they need reading material that they can read, want to read, and meets their learning needs - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. As fragile skills develop, they need reading material that they can read, want to read, and meets their learning needs - and they get that here.

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But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But even that is not enough. The books should also teach them how to comprehend and should be a springboard for writing - and they get that here.

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But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But for many kids that is not enough. They also need to learn how to process words easily and fluently, and how to spell - and they get that here.

But before any of that, you need to know what they can already do, where to start - and you get that here.

Free Professional Development Workshops

This year, I will be conducting courses explaining what research and science tell us about how competent children read, where it goes wrong for those who struggle, and what sort of help is appropriate for these kids.

Other sessions will be about Wordchain and Agility with Sound, and how to use the resources.

At least for now, these will all be free.

I will be conducting these via Zoom conferencing, which is free to download www.zoom.us

I plan to run these in the early afternoon, after school and in the evening.

If you are interested, please email me at betsysewell@gmail.com

If a school is interested in a private conference for staff or teacher aides, please let me know.

Our four WordChain apps are on
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and Apple’s App Store.

The apps provide even more support for building capable, confident readers! Get them now at wordchain.co.nz

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Thesis

This thesis evaluates the effectiveness of agility with sound, if you do not want to wade through the whole lot, the key findings are on pages 71 – 73.
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What is AWS?

Agility with Sound is a complete structured literacy programme for older struggling students, specifically students in Years 4 to 10 who have experienced years of failure.

It includes the four Wordchain phonological awareness apps, activities to build fluency, 135 age-appropriate decodable books, and resources to build comprehension and writing skills. It is designed as an integrated package for use in the classroom, delivered by the classroom teacher, or for individual intervention with a tutor. Parents have successfully taught children at home using this resource.

Discover how it works

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Why use it?

Agility with Sound is the creation of trained teacher Betsy Sewell, whose children faced their own battles with dyslexia.

Betsy has worked with hundreds of children who struggled with reading: teaching them and listening to their stories. She has seen the anguish of their parents and care-givers turn to joy as their children progressed towards capable reading.

The Agility with Sound programme is a product of Betsy’s experiences and years of research, all with a single goal: help children achieve reading success!

Read more about Betsy

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What are people saying?

One of our boys came to show me a word he had spelled using the Agility With Sound tiles. It was 12 letters long and very impressive. He looked like he’d won lotto. I don’t think he stopped smiling all day!

Judy Sachdeva, SENCO, Prebbleton School

Agility With Sound is very easy to manage because the planning is already done: it’s hands-on and in levels.

Our children have progressed significantly in reading levels, and their writing as well. It has had a huge effect on the children’s fluency.

Taloa Sagapolutele, Year 5 and 6 teacher, Rowley Ave. School

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