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The Butterfly Book: A Reading and Writing Course [Paperback]

Irina Tyk
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28 Sep 2007 1903386616 978-1903386613
Learning to read is the basis of a good education. Children who read well and read early gain an advantage that will stay with them throughout life. But what is the best way to teach children to read? For over thirty years, reading has been a battleground on which rival theories have fought for supremacy, to the bewilderment of parents who, all too often, have had to stand by while their children were struggling. Now, after conclusive research, the battle has been won - by synthetic phonics. Phonics teaches children to decipher words by recognising the 44 sounds that make up the English language. It is straightforward and easy to grasp. It is an approach that was used for hundreds of years until it was ousted by competing approaches favoured by sections of the educational establishment. Now, however, phonics is back.As of September 2007, all state schools are obliged to teach reading by synthetic phonics. Irina Tyk has championed phonics throughout the long 'dark age' in which other approaches held sway. "The Butterfly Book" was her attempt to codify the elements of her approach that she knew were effective in getting children to read. First written in 1993, it has been available since then in copies produced in small print-runs for a dedicated market. Now Civitas is proud to present this new, popular edition, aimed at teachers and parents who know that phonics works, and want the means to put it into practice. At Holland House School, of which Irina Tyk is the Head, children are expected to be reading independently after three terms.When Irina Tyk taught reading by phonics at a summer school for Bengali children in Whitechapel in 2005, the average reading age of the children (measured on the Holborn Reading Scale) increased by ten months in just two weeks of morning lessons. "The Butterfly Book" is the standard reading text book used in supplementary schools run by Civitas for disadvantaged children, as it has proved most effective in overcoming problems with reading in children of all ages and backgrounds. By following the simple instructions contained in this book, parents and teachers can quickly learn how to give children the excellent start in life that literacy will always confer.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Civitas:Institute for the Study of Civil Society (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903386616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903386613
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The back-to-basics method involves teaching the letter sounds of English and how to blend them together to work out unfamiliar words... youngsters were given intensive lessons in synthetic phonics for a fortnight using a course designed by literacy authority Irina Tyk. After two weeks of whole-class tuition, the average improvement in reading age was one year and nine months.
-- Laura Clark, Daily Mail, September 5, 2007

Traditional teaching of a type rarely seen in state schools in Britain since the 1960s has turned a group of inner-city children, some of whom were barely literate, into capable readers in two weeks... Irina Tyk used the phonic method, which requires children to decode words by the sound of their letters.
-- Liz Lightfoot and Walter Ellis, Sunday Times, 27 August 1995

About the Author

Irina Tyk is an honours graduate of the University of London. She has lectured at the University of Wales and the University of St. Andrews. Presently she is the Headmistress of Holland House School, an independent preparatory school. She believes in the intellectual development of very young children in the structured environment of whole-class teaching. She believes that after one year at school children should be able to read independently. She continues to present these views on television and in public debate.

Irina Tyk is a director of The Butterfly Project, set up in 1991, and of Butterfly Educational Enterprises, set up in 2005, to run summer courses for children who wish to benefit from a rational and purposeful teaching approach.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book for teaching kids to read! 13 Dec 2007
Irina Tyk has taught my daughter and hundreds of others to read quickly from a young age with the principles laid out in this book. Not only do they pick up reading techniques quickly - based on the use of phonics - but their rapid progress means that they actually enjoy it! Success and confidence with reading from an early age equates to a better ability to communicate and develop a life-long love of reading. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY BOOK YOU WILL NEED 19 Mar 2008
I am an English mum of 3 who lives abroad, so my children are taught in another language (Greek) at school. Although both myself and my husband are English and my children speak only English at home, it has been a struggle to teach my middle child to read and write. I have tried many systems; sticker books, ladybird books etc but to no avail. My mother read about this book in the press so I ordered it.

WELL! In 2 weeks, my son has come further than in the last year. It is amazing and I don't quite understand how, but he is almost reading!

This book has managed to teach my son how to make the leap from saying D O G to saying DOG - something that has always proved elusive until now. This book talks of 'blending' the sounds to make the words but does not expect the parent to explain this abstract term to their child; From chapter one onwards the child is simply asked to 'sound' a vowel and 2 or 3 consonants; these are added to in each chapter. Gradually my son has begun to blend without even realising it!

The book is laid out in chapters; each chapter takes us about one hour. It is all there for a busy mum; you only need the book, paper, pencil and a rubber. Simply read the opening notes for parents and away you go. I also appreciate the fact that the book does not assume that you (the parent) understand complicated grammar yourself.

I have already bought a second book for a friend in a similar situation and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 20 Oct 2009
By Daca
This book re-iterates the sort of system that was virtually universal at one time. It is not new but is worth re-introducing. Much of it we know and use intuitively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 15 Mar 2013
By simone
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