Split digraphs and split digraph words are very important when learning phonics. You may also hear of "magic e" or things like "a_e" words
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oo is a difficult digraph because it has two different sounds. Read more to see how you can teach oo and oo words
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Book band zero is about books with no words that prepare children to learn to read. There are alternatives so it isn't always necessary, but can be helpful.
Find out the mistakes people make when asking questions to check children's reading comprehension (a crucial part of learning to read) and how to avoid them.