Attack 7! ‘I can read’ the beautiful holistic reading insight developed decades ago by our wonderful stjcs

Welcome to ATTACK! 

ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum.

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ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or folder to store ATTACK! issues is available.

Most of ATTACK! will be concerned with the holistic curriculum which, if acted on, is a fundamental way to undermine the present undemocratic education system. Don’t be discouraged if opportunities to teach holistically are limited, do your best, be a guardian, and act as a witness to this culturally significant and inspiring way of teaching and learning.

To get in touch for comment, questions, and the ATTACK! issues to be sent to you personally:  ksmythe@wave.co.nz

Attack! ‘I can read’ the beautiful holistic reading insight developed decades ago by our wonderful stjcs

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3 Responses to Attack 7! ‘I can read’ the beautiful holistic reading insight developed decades ago by our wonderful stjcs

  1. Lynne Torrie says:

    WOW. How sensible is that?!
    if every child came to school with having listened to stories many many times learning to read would be so much easier.
    Take a look at wwwthepowerofreadingtochildren.com and Facebook/thepowerofreadingtochildren
    All parents need to know the poer that they can give to teir children simply by reading to them every day.

  2. Kelvin says:

    Well said Lynne though the principle was used beautifully by those stjcs, and still a few teachers in classrooms, with children of all levels of ability and book experience. It should be looked at as a golden rule of early reading, and beyond. A great example of the holistic at work and as workable.

  3. Kelvin says:

    A reader writes: I’m saving all your Attacks! This post reminds me when I was appointed a STJC and deputy principal when I was 26, in a fairly large growing school. Every teacher in the school was way older than me and could and did run the place without any leadership from me. But what I did do was learn how to teach juniors – I’d been a senior school teacher- and my holistic teaching became established through the wisdom, hospitality and collaboration of a marvellous teacher team, and school inspectors who popped in regularly I think for our amazing morning teas!

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