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A Mother’s Journey: Struggling Readers and the Science of Reading

Denise Eide's story of teaching her boys to read

Play On! Tips for Effective Practice with Games

Phonogram mastery grows through repetition - but it doesn’t need to be boring!

What is the difference between a loan word and an English word with foreign roots?

Logic of English Spelling Rules 3, 7, and 16 include the phrase "English words." People sometimes wonder, as they first learn these spelling rules: How we are categorizing a word as English or foreign?

Updating Spelling Rule 7: Where I and Y may say long /e/

While working on Essentials in the past year, the Logic of English team started re-examining Spelling Rule 7, which explains where the phonograms I and Y can say the sound /ē/. We found there were some ways we could make this rule more precise and more accurate.

Introducing the Phonogram ES

As we release the second half of Essentials, Logic of English is introducing a new basic phonogram! Learn all about it, and download a free lesson.

Free Spelling Analysis Tutorial

In Logic of English curriculum, the most important part of the lessons after learning the phonograms individually is learning to use them to spell and read words. The process we use to teach this is called Spelling Analysis, and it is so helpful that we’ve decided to make our new...

Doesn't IE Say More Than One Sound?

This week we had a question about the phonogram IE, the /ē/ of field . Why, someone asked, don't we also list the long I sound as in pie ?

Using Spelling Rule Cards and Memorizing Spelling Rules

Today a customer wrote us to ask about using Spelling Rule Flash Cards and memorizing the spelling rules in Logic of English lessons. She writes: My question has to do with the spelling flashcards for Essentials. I am unclear on how we are to use them; is there somewhere in...

Why I teach the Logic of English to my EFL students

The Logic of English® team is often asked about whether LOE curriculum is helpful for English language learners. As an EFL teacher, I have thought about this question a lot.

Does Logic of English help strong readers and spellers?

A common question we receive is with whether Logic of English® curriculum is benefical to students who are strong readers or who are already spelling fairly well. For example, last week we received the following email from Chelsea, a homeschool mom using the 1st edition of Essentials : ...I know...

What is a Schwa? Helping Students Read and Spell the Schwa Sound

Schwa may be the most misunderstood sound in English. Most people have heard of schwa, but it is rare that a teacher or a student knows that: Every vowel may say the schwa sound Schwa is the most common sound in every dialect of English Schwa may sound like /ŭ/...

Introducing Spelling Rule 31!

We're introducing a new spelling rule to teach students about schwa! This blog post builds on a three-part series we posted in August on understanding vowels , consonants , and syllables. If you didn't see them, they are a great starting point, as they clarify several foundational concepts related to...

Making words that end in Silent E plural

A customer asked a question on our forum recently that got me thinking about how we could clarify and simplify the application of one of our spelling rules.

Revolutionizing the Word Wall

Rather than organizing your word wall alphabetically, how about organizing it by sound?

The CLOVER Syllable Types and the Logic of English

Knowing the syllable types is vital to reading and decoding multi-syllable words in English. Many great systematic phonics programs use CLOVER to classify syllable types. (Closed, Consonant L Silent E, Open, Vowel Teams, Silent E, R-Controlled) However, sometimes this powerful tool is oversimplified which generates unnecessary confusion and thousands of...

Kangaroo and Spelling Rule 1

Spelling Rule 1: C always softens to /s/ when followed by an E, I, or Y. Otherwise, C says /k/. This rule also has further implications as to when we use K to spell the /k/ sound. Since C always softens before an E, I, or Y, when we hear...

Logic of English Word Walls

An Idea for Helping Students Master High-Frequency Sight Words Yesterday I visited with a first grade public school teacher at Riverside Public School who is teaching the spelling rules and phonograms to her first grade students. Since October Mrs. Neher has been creating a word wall in her classroom that...

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 3 - Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science

As a whole, English speakers cannot explain to someone else how to begin the process of learning to read. To most people it is a mystery. If we are literate, we may begin by reading to another person and pointing to each word as we say it aloud. Some of...

Spell Check Is Not The Solution

One of my favorite questions to ask audiences is, "Raise your hand if you have ever abandoned the perfect word while typing because spell check didn't recognize your attempts." What I have discovered is that more than 90% of the American public has had this frustrating experience. Yet across the...

The phonogram CH and TCH

Someone called today asking if there was a rule to govern the spelling of the sound /ch/ after a single short vowel at the end of the word. She pointed out it can be spelled with a CH or a TCH.

Level One Readers - Why are They So Difficult to Read?

Two weeks ago, I went to Barnes and Noble and purchased thirty early readers. I wanted to analyze the phonograms and spelling rules found in books that parents and teachers ask young students to read. What I found amazed me. Seemingly simple books in English, are not so simple on...

Tips for Teaching English Words with the Schwa Sound

The schwa sound is the sound a vowel makes in an unaccented syllable. The schwa sound is a vital part of the rhythm of English pronunciation and is heard in most multi-syllable words and in a few one-syllable words that do not receive the accent in the sentence. There are...

A Child's View of the Logic of English

This story was sent to me by someone who began teaching her elementary-aged daughters the spelling rules as found in Uncovering the Logic of English. Wow! How exciting to watch the CLICK CLICK CLICK in each of my kids brains!! They're off school today and we spent over an hour...

Keeping Up with China: It All Begins with Reading

In the past sixty years China has successfully reversed the literacy crisis that ravaged their nation going from less than 20% of the public being able to read prior to 1950 to 93% literate in 2002 (UNESCO). In addition, China is continually raising the standard for calling their citizens literate....

The Logic of English and STEM Education

In July, Microsoft, Bank of America, and Nike agreed to invest $3.5 billion to increase the effectiveness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in our nation's public schools. The future of these companies and the prosperity of our nation depend upon how well we educate our children and...

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"...

Addressing Cynical Students

Providing Real Help to Struggling Readers Many parents and teachers feel discouraged when their enthusiasm for the Logic of English is not met with equal enthusiasm by their struggling reader or speller. As the student's parent or teacher, you see the advantage of teaching spelling rules and phonograms and may...

Spelling Kills Creativity!

At a recent in-service a teacher raised her hand and said, "I hate that there is a right way to spell a word. Correcting spelling kills creativity!" This teacher expressed one of the doubts at the center of the literacy debate: Don't rules limit children's creativity? As humans we are...

The Logic of English Made Me Cry!

Tears of relief and of untapped pain are a common response to reading Uncovering the Logic of English . The book goes to the heart and provides relief to the hurting. Underneath the confident, poised exterior of many highly educated English speakers is a deep anxiety and pain that there...

Teachers Can't Spell Either: Why Spell-Checker Isn't Adequate

While speaking to over a hundred educators, I asked, "Raise your hand if you have ever abandoned the perfect word choice when writing because even the spell-checker couldn't recognize your attempt." I was shocked. More than 90% of the room raised their hands. Something is deeply wrong with how we...

Phonograms and Spelling Rules

Phonograms and spelling rules are the foundation to understanding English spelling. Together the 74 phonograms and 30 spelling rules explain 98% of English words. Learning the phonograms and spelling rules is far more efficient than learning sight words. The English lexicon is comprised of over 1,000,000 words. A well educated...

An Eight-Year-Old's Advice About Reading

My eight-year-old daughter Hannah wrote the following essay for a contest. The contest asked students to provide advice to homeschool moms based upon what their moms did well. I thought educators would find her thoughts on reading and spelling education interesting. It certainly encouraged me! I like home schooling because...

Leaving Behind Science and Math Minded Students

Young students who are pattern thinkers, science buffs, and have mathematic minds often struggle to learn to read. They are frustrated when they are taught that the letter S says /s/ and then immediately discover that "is," "his," "was" and "chairs" are all exceptions. These children diligently apply the rules...

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...

English Spelling Keeps Becoming Simpler

This morning, I woke up early to write curriculum. As I am creating the spelling lists, I have been investigating words further. Each list teaches a rule and also practices the new phonograms. This morning I began to investigate words that end in UE. In Uncovering the Logic of English...

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."

Teaching to Mastery: The Key to Learning

One of the biggest mistakes I have made when teaching struggling readers and spellers is lack of sufficient repetition.   The logic of English provides students with a systematic way to analyze English words and understand their spelling. Though it greatly reduces the amount of rote visual memorization, memorization is...

Use I Before E - Part 2

The spelling rule "Use I before E, except after C, and when it says A as in neighbor and weigh" is one of the most commonly known English rules. Unfortunately this rule generates as many rule breakers as rule followers. Many programs that use the 70 Orton based phonograms have...