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Keda's way to reading ... it's as easy as ABC.

Byline: HAZEL ETTIENNE ,

my word Reading specialist Keda Cowling (centre) at Lindley Junior School with (from left) Cath Finlay, a visiting retired teacher from the United States, son Kelsey Cowling and (back) special needs co-ordinator Ruth Shimell

Workbook creator sees how pupils have improved

A WOMAN who has helped thousands of children and adults take giant strides in reading visited Lindley Junior School.

Keda Cowling's reading manual Toe By Toe has won international acclaim for helping overcome reading difficulties.

And children in Lindley have also benefited from the skills which it teaches, with their improvement being so great that Keda wanted to visit and meet them.

The school's special needs co-ordinator Ruth Shimell said: "We started using the manual with one dyslexic boy in 2004.

"He was really struggling to read and we found it a really useful tool.

"Keda learned about the improvements to his reading score and we formed a strong link and 40 children here have since used the manual and benefited from it."

Interest in the reading system has spread worldwide.

"A visitor from Philadelphia, Cath Finlay, was meeting Keda when her son Frank suggested she visit Lindley Junior School to see how successful the manual was."

Keda, who is now in her 80s and lives in Baildon, spent 35 years creating the reading system which now helps people in prisons and armed forces as well as schools in Britain and overseas.

At Lindley, children from year three to year six who need extra help spend 15 to 20 minutes each day working one-to-one on the tasks.

Toe By Toe was published in 1994 and Keda continued her research, resulting in two more successful workbooks: Stride Ahead, the gateway to comprehension, and Stareway To Spelling, the gateway to writing.

Keda said: "A vital feature of my workbooks is that anyone who can read can use them to improve the basic literacy skills of any child or adult.

"Thus, you will learn how to teach reading and spelling at the same time as bringing the precious gift of literacy to someone you know."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2007
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