Miss Emma, The Reading Whisperer® loves teaching reading and spelling - whether learners are 3 years old, or 30!
Being able to read independently for pleasure in the early years means your child will start school with confidence, already knowing thousands more words than their peers. According to Keith Stanovich avid readers can have a 50 percent larger vocabulary and 50 percent more fact-based knowledge.
Reading both predicts and contributes to those skills. "The better you are at reading, the more words you learn. The more words you learn, the better you are at reading and comprehending—especially things that would have been outside your domain of expertise."
Miss Emma, a former teacher, nursery school owner, and OFSTED Inspector has seen how many children are put off even learning to read in many schools; around 35% are actually failed by the current education system, and the others are forced to spend far too long learning to read - and often put OFF reading for pleasure within this 'print to speech', data-driven system. This is why Miss Emma is currently so focused on teaching 3 and 4-year-olds to read; as a way to prevent them from struggling when they start primary school, and becoming instructional casualties. She is protecting them from 'dysteachia'
'My work is about building self-confidence, independence and a curiosity about the written 'code' so that they are intrinsically motivated to learn! This actually protects them from the flawed educational system most are likely to encounter'
MA Special Educational Needs, Doctoral Student (University of Reading, UK)
Communication, Language and Literacy in the Early Years
Miss Emma managed two highly successful day nurseries in the UK and is a former OFSTED Inspector. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education and is undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Reading (UK)
'I Can Read Without You' in 100 Online Lessons - ICRWY Project
Follow children from all around the world as they learn to read, write and spell before they even start school!
Miss Emma mentors parents and educators online.