Reading Success in the Early Primary Years – A Teacher’s Guide to Implementing Systematic Instruction



BY Jocelyn Seamer

ISBN 9781032154459

Reading Success in the Early Primary Years is a step-by-step guide to structured literacy instruction for teachers working in the early years of primary school. Written by a teacher, for teachers, this book supports teachers to understand the evidence base of reading instruction and how to successfully implement it.

Structured in three parts, the book breaks down complex concepts in a concise, accessible manner, guiding teachers on eight key actions to take to get every child on the path to reading proficiency. These include instruction in phonics, phonological and phonemic awareness, integrated reading and spelling opportunities, and the use of decodable texts. Highly practical, Reading Success in the Early Primary Years offers over 20 explicit instructional routines that teachers can implement in their classrooms and guidance on how to get the most out of instructional time. These practical elements are further supported by a summary of relevant research and theories about how reading develops, including an outline of high impact, explicit teaching that draws on cognitive load theory.

Rich with sample lesson plans, tools, and examples from real classrooms, this book allows teachers to get on with the business of teaching reading. This is a must-have resource for all who are responsible for children’s reading instruction in the first three years of school.


Industry Reviews


‘Seamer’s book on systematic instruction to enable reading success in the early primary years could not be better timed. While the science of reading has been long established, it is only now that Australian educational policy and curriculum are starting to to align with its principles. This book offers practising teachers clear and engaging information about the ‘what’, the ‘how and the ‘why’ of evidence-based reading instruction. It also provides practical guidance on how this can be immediately put into practice in the classroom and how to personalise for each child on the basis if need. Readers of this book will emerge not only better informed and equipped but also ready to implement what they have learnt in the classroom. Armed with this book, teachers can set up all children for success at school by making sure they learn to “crack the code” of the most complex writing system in the world.’

Dr Kate de Bruin, Senior Lecturer, School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education, Monash University, Australia.