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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

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.

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.

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...

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/...

How to Help Wiggly Kids Love Reading

A beta tester for Logic of English Foundations posted an amazing review on her blog, Only Passionate Curiosity , about her active 4.5 year old son who loves reading.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reasons for Silent Final E's

There is a common myth in English that many of the silent final E's were once pronounced. In reality more than 98% of silent final E's fulfill a purpose within the language and were added either as a diacritic marker or to serve a linguistic or grammatical purpose. The eight...

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 Kill and Drill of Sight Words

As the school year commences, students will again bring home lists of sight words to drill. Most schools identify the words based upon the Dolch List, which includes 220 high-frequency words. It is widely believed that drilling these words by sight will enable students to recognize the words "instantaneously" and...

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...

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...

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...

The Dark Ages of Written English

In many ways, we are in the midst of the dark ages of written English. Okay, maybe that is a bit overstated... But humor me for a moment. Sixty percent of students read below grade level! Only three percent of adults read at the highest level of proficiency. Countless adults...

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 Relationship Between Handwriting and Reading

New studies have linked handwriting with stronger letter recognition and reading development. Since the advent of the computer, people have been arguing that handwriting should play a less central role in education since most communication will occur through keyboarding. This argument though is not supported by recent studies by Associate...

Logical English and Our Future Scientists and Engineers

I love hearing from people who have read Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's Literacy Crisis.  This weekend, a 70 year old man approached me. He explained he had a successful career as an engineer, solving complex problems using math, science, and computer programming. With tears...

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...

How Torture Reading Helped Denise Discover The Logic of English

As I have spoken around the country, I have discovered a pervasive affliction: English spelling appears inconsistent, illogical, and for some impossible. This ache resides not only within our schools: public, private, and home, but within the hearts of professionals who cannot spell, parents who cannot answer their children's questions,...