My Favorite Reasons To Use Foundations
A teacher who uses Essentials wanted to introduce our Foundations curriculum to his colleagues in K-2. He asked us if we would share our favorite reasons to use Foundations. Here are mine!
What is a Consonant?
Part Two in this week's Vowels, Consonants, and Syllables series!
Help! My Child Can't Read
You are not alone. Two-thirds of U.S. students read below grade level and between 25% and 30% are functionally illiterate.
Literacy Myth #2 - The Dolch Words Cannot Be Sounded Out
Most educators mistakenly believe that most of the Dolch Sight Words cannot be sounded out. Therefore, children around the United States begin reading instruction by memorizing these words by rote, rather than learning the linguistic principles that explain them. The theory is that the Dolch high-frequency words must be mastered...
Foundations of Reading
A Foundation to Build Upon: Phonemic Awareness and Systematic Phonics The Problem In many of our nation's schools reading instruction begins with comprehension and fluency instruction. I know of several schools that require all students, even kindergarten students, to read a minimum of 40-60 minutes per day. In order to...
Shame and Vowels: The Story of a Struggling Reader
Vowel sounds highlight the concept of phonemic awareness and the ability to both glue words back together and break them into their individual sounds. Recently, I had this driven home to me when I was working with a sixth grader whom I tutor. This student has been in the public...
The National Reading Panel and The Logic of English
The National Reading Panel (NRP) was commissioned by Congress in 1997 to evaluate the research literature and determine what is known about effective methods to teach reading. The panel screened over 100,000 studies related to reading, held regional hearings, and reviewed the testimony of teachers, parents, and researches. The report...