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Play On! Tips for Effective Practice with Games

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

Word Callers - How To Stop the Guessing

I have students who read really well, but do not comprehend anything! I have heard this statement from teachers across the country... and in fact, I used to be one of these teachers.

Logic of English Preliminary School Data

Since we published Essentials in 2012 and Foundations in 2013, schools have begun to implement Logic of English® curriculum in every elementary grade as well as some middle school and high school classes. These have included private, public, charter, classical, religious, and university model schools from across the US.

High-Frequency Words

Sight Words, Fluency, and Phonics: a Brief Discussion

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...

The Five Myths of Phonics

This simple word, defined by Merriam Webster as a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables , has been at the center of an educational debate that has continued for over a century. The debate has been so...

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.

Does I say Short I or Long E?

Today we received the following question: In any word that ends in -ing, does the "i" have a long e vowel sound? I keep going through this in my mind and physically looking at my mouth when I say long e. Both make the same mouth shape, but I need...

Literacy Myth #1 - Students Learn to Read Naturally

There is a widespread myth in our culture that children learn to read the same way they learn to speak: naturally. However, this is simply not true. One look at the literacy statistics reveals the fallacy. Two-thirds of U.S. students read below grade level and one-third of fourth graders are...

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...

English is a Morpho-Phonemic Language

Though it is true that English is a phonetic language, where the symbols on the page represent sounds, the code is a bit more complex than that. English is in fact a morpho-phonemic language: a code that represents both sound and meaning.

What is Dyslexia?

Making the Orton-Gillingham Method Accessible to Everyone

What is Phonics?

Phonics is the Connection Between Letters and Sounds Phonics stems from the Greek word "phono" which means sound. Phonics is the explicit teaching of the connection between letters and sounds. Phonics implies that written language is a description of the sounds of a spoken language as well as a way...

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....

SAT Reading Scores Continue to Fall

SAT Reading scores have hit an all-time low, dropping one point this year, four points over the past decade, and twenty-nine points since 1972. Each year when we hear the bad news, people shake their heads, teachers assign more sight words, and we continue to march in the wrong direction....

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...

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"...

Isn't Reading Comprehension the Point? Why Teach Phonics?

People often ask me, if their student learns the phonograms and rules, will they be able to comprehend what they read? Honestly, maybe. But, if they do not learn how to decode, they will likely struggle to read what they are trying to comprehend. In other words, reading words is...

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...

The Logic of English and Teacher Training

Uncovering the Logic of English is an ideal reading methods textbook for universities and colleges. In 150 pages, Uncovering the Logic of English reveals the phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words. The book is written in an engaging and easy-to-read style which will stimulate classroom discussion...

Basic Skills and Creativity

There is a great deal of confusion in the education world in regard to creativity and basic skills. As an educator and parent, I agree 100% that our current system is numbing and disregards the value of many types of learners. Education is far more than academics and should encompass...

The Science of Reading

The English-speaking world needs to talk about reading. It is not right that 68% of our students read below grade level in 8th grade and 37% are functionally illiterate. There is no excuse. We have the scientific and linguistic knowledge to solve this problem. Functional MRI studies are uncovering amazing...

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...

Is Spelling Important?

Why is spelling important? Spelling is the basic skill underlying writing. Without learning to spell fluently our train of thought is interrupted during writing. How many times have you had to change a word because you didn't know how to spell it? Have you ever had the problem where even...

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...

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...

Findings of the NRP on Phonics

Following is a small section of a document from the National Reading Panel (NRP) discussing the findings of the NRP related to phonics education. We include it here to highlight the section on phonics. It is taken from the document Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read...