Play On! Tips for Effective Practice with Games
Phonogram mastery grows through repetition - but it doesn’t need to be boring!
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!
Supporting Children with Auditory Processing Weaknesses
We recently received the following question from a parent using Logic of English Foundations with her five-, six-, and seven-year-olds.
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...
What is Dyslexia?
Making the Orton-Gillingham Method Accessible to Everyone
Phonemic Awareness Games
Phonemic awareness is foundational to reading and spelling. Here are a few fun phonemic awareness games to try. Simon Says - Say word "unglued" into its sounds and have the students do the action. /s-ĭ-t/, /j-ŭ-m-p/… To increase the challenge have a student be "Simon" and call out the actions...
Tips to Help Struggling Readers and Spellers
Cover pictures. Many young students struggle with the left-to-right eye movement of reading. Allow students to look at the pictures, then cover them with a blank sheet of paper while reading. Covering pictures makes it easier to focus on text. Practice blending words together aloud. Many students guess wildly while...
What Is Funny Phonics?
"Funny phonics" is the teaching of some of the sounds and their written representations so as to give the appearance of teaching the logic of the code. Rather than providing a logical picture, "funny phonics" generates more exceptions than rule-followers and leaves people feeling even more confused. Though "funny phonics"...
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...
Logic of English and English as a Second Language Learners
Second Language Learners often struggle to make sense of written English. Students from Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, and other developed nations have typically learned their first language in a systematic manner and understand the code underlying written words. Second language students usually approach English by looking for patterns. They frequently...
W and WH
The phonograms W and WH are pronounced differently by some dialects. Here is a fun link to a website where you can try to hear the differences. If your particular dialect pronounces them the same it can be challenging to hear. Listen for more air with the /wh/. This link...
20 Ways to Help Reverse the Literacy Crisis
1. Talk to neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family about what you are learning. "English is logical."
Our Dream to Teach All Students How to Read
Unless something changes: Of the nation's 57.5 million K-12 students, 12.65 million will be functionally illiterate as adults. 27.6 million of these students will not be proficient in basic literacy skills. What will it take to change the direction of reading and spelling education in the United States today? The...
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...