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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: H J Cowling; 3rd edition edition (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953871436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953871438
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.1 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This structured well paced resource is a manual for learning reading and spelling rules and the phonic structure of English. Ideal for learners aged 10 or above.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By E. Watts on 21 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
I work as a teaching assistant / literacy coach and I think it is the best "one to one" scheme for teaching reading and spelling rules that I have ever encountered. I have used the Word Wasp personally and it is also used at my son's school. Even if your child does not have reading or spelling problems the Word Wasp will give them a fantastic head start. Every parent and every child should have one. The new edition is great too, much more user friendly and even better still you dont have to be a genius to use it. It taught me as I used it, it comes with instructions and it really does work!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By mkeeno on 9 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a Deputy Headteacher in a very challenging school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. I also teach English in the school; although I am not an English Specialist. Many of our pupils have either untestable or reading ages that are significantly (in some cases 50%) lower than their chronological age. This text is a means to tackle the issues of literacy on 1-1 basis. The beauty of this approach is that even the pupils who cannot read, can access it and make progress.

The 'Instructions for Coaches' are really straightforward and easily to follow. We as a school will be investing in this product because it works; the author Harry and his wife Marie have a real passion for improving phonological development and the benefits of that development.

You do not need to be an expert on phonics to use this approach ; but by the time you have completed this book, either as a coach, pupil or adult learner, you will feel like an expert on phonics !
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 18 Dec 2011
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At the age of seven, my daughter was rated in the bottom one percent of children her age in terms of visual sequencing ability. Needless to say, this impacted her ability to read and spell considerably. Two and a half years later, having completed Toe by Toe and The Word Wasp (both recommended by her Educational Pyschologist), she has just attained 100% (score 141) in her school Verbal Reasoning NFER test. This is entirely down to her commitment to complete this wonderful program. The books are seriously hard graft, requiring 10-20 minutes work a day for an extensive period of time (at least two years for both books combined), but the results have been so amazing that I have been moved to tears. Over this time, the author has provided help and encouragement when contacted. Eschew any books falsely promising quick fixes (e.g. through whole word visualisation) and go do it. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Louise Annison on 19 Jun 2014
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This is a clear, structured approach to reading and spelling. Together with toe by toe and stride ahead this has raised my son's reading age from 8 yrs to more than 15yrs over the last two years. Its hard to find the discipline to stick to it every day but has really paid off for us.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 12 Dec 2011
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The Word Wasp is a fantastic book. My son is 8 and has struggled with reading and writing since starting school. This book has helped us turn the corner. It is not an easy option and requires time, patience and hard work but it has got my son enthusiastically writing shopping lists for his mother and settling down on the sofa looking at books out of choice for the first time. It has also helped me to improve my spelling. A great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmh on 22 April 2014
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This has already made a huge difference to the child I am working with-giving confidence and structure. Made me realise that I must always be facing the child when speaking to ensure the best chance of correct spelling.
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