The Reading Hut ®
Spending more time in quality early years’ education between ages two to four can have a positive impact on the cognitive development and social and emotional wellbeing of children - regardless of their social background, new research suggests.
Who is Miss Emma, The Reading Whisperer?
Miss Emma grew up in a family of high achieving teachers who, like so many around the world, completed teaching degrees as they wanted to change lives.
This is her Grandpa, after having tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was awarded with an OBE for his outstanding work in the field of education.
I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.
Both her Mother and Grandmother were infants teachers, who were passionate advocates for play based learning, and included art, music, movement, imaginative play and storytelling within their daily routine. They were the kind of teachers children remember, fondly, throughout their lives.
It was no surprise when Miss Emma trained as a primary school teacher, with a specialism in the Early Years (3-8) and that within a year of teaching she had left to set up her first nursery school, knowing that children who experience quality
early years education were more likely to thrive when they transitioned to school.
She set up the second within two years, and managed both for eight years, feeling incredibly lucky to be a part of so many learning journeys. Eager to expand on her own learning she achieved a Masters Degree in Special Education from Nottingham University (Dyslexia, PSED, Beh Mngmnt)
She was appointed by OFSTED to inspect the Early Years Foundation Stage and trained to inspect a wide range of educational services before taking on a new challenge... moving down under! For almost 10 years she has been training teachers across Australia, with a focus on early intervention strategies, and raising standards of literacy using a program she developed (Speech Sound Pics) with the aim of 'every child reading for pleasure before grade 2'.
Miss Emma now divides her time between the UK and Australia, and is determined to 'Immunise children against illiteracy' through her 'Reading Hut' model, and by supporting teachers who share her view that students are only restricted by our own expectations of them, and that we are educating their hearts and minds, and supporting future world leaders. She is currently sourcing 'green space' on which to run playgroup sessions for very young children and has a keen interest in exploring the benefits of outdoor learning.
' I have always relished the opportunity to work in classrooms and model activities, and actually show the techniques, so that teachers can watch (in person, or online). It’s very difficult to fake effective teaching because teachers can SEE when kids are curious, engaged, learning ! So I’ll be uploading more of these, in the UK and Australia.
These are clips of me SHOWING teachers how I teach students who have gone through the primary years and entered high school unable to read independently. Around 95% are instructional casualties ie they could have learnt in Reception and Year 1, if taught differently.
FYI, the A3 Coding Poster is a cheaper and easier option than the boxes we used here.'
You can also see clips of me delivering parent workshops and teacher training. As with my sessions with students, these sessions are multi-sensory and interactive. Participants are DOING something for the majority of the sessions (not just listening to me talking)
I look forward to sharing my work with pre-school aged children, showing that we can bridge the perception gap between 'play' and 'learning', and that we can learn as much from children as they may learn from us.