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Logic of English Online

Details about the Logic of English online courses

Response to COVID-19: Free resources for at-home learning, conference updates, and more

COVID-19 response from Logic of English

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

Denise Eide's story of teaching her boys to read

Book Suggestions

List of Books that may accompany Foundations

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.

Scheduling Tips for Essentials

One of the changes we made when we updated and expanded Essentials in 2015 is that each lesson is now divided into five parts for ease of scheduling. However, this more structured guidance is still just a starting point for a variety of pacing possibilities, depending on the student and...

Scheduling Ideas for Summer Reading Camps and Short-Term Interventions

Fast-paced schedules for Essentials, designed for those who have a narrow window of opportunity to introduce students to as many of the tools for reading as possible.

Schedules for Slowing Down Essentials

If you are teaching Essentials and interested in slowing down your pace through the lessons, you may want to try one of the following options:

Schedules for Intensive Spelling Remediation with Essentials

An older struggling speller who is already reading fluently may either follow the parts as outlined in the Teacher's Guide to complete one unit per week or use one of the following schedules to move more quickly through Essentials in order to improve in spelling as rapidly as possible:

Schedules for Intensive Reading Remediation with Essentials and The Essentials Reader

Suggested schedules for eight, twelve, or twenty-week reading interventions for older struggling readers. Why do an intensive course? When a student is struggling with reading to the point that it interferes significantly with other areas of school or life, it may be worthwhile to set other things aside for a...

Schedules for Essentials with The Essentials Reader

The following schedules are suggestions for those planning to teach Essentials and The Essentials Reader at a typical school-year pace in upper elementary or middle school.

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

The Purpose of Foundations Spelling Lists

Each lesson in LOE Foundations includes a spelling list. The process of teaching students how to read and spell words is the heart of Foundations lessons, the place where all the skills they are learning come together. However, sometimes students struggle with this portion of the lessons when their parent...

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...

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...

PRESS RELEASE - Success, No Excuses

Minnesota educational publisher partners with South Carolina school to fight illiteracy ROCHESTER, MINN. — Pedia Learning, a family-owned Minnesota business that publishes the Logic of English® reading and spelling curriculum, is partnering with Estill Elementary School in South Carolina to combat illiteracy in the Estill community and empower every student...

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 starting with cursive lead to confusion in reading?

A recent email from a parent voiced a question we hear frequently from customers wondering about starting with cursive . 'I really want to teach my almost 5-year-old cursive first, but I’m worried about confusing him when I’ll be teaching him to read using print-face. I purchased your Foundations curriculum...

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/...

What's next after Essentials?

Most teachers and students are excited by the information they have learned in Essentials and are eager to continue to reinforce the concepts as well as to dig deeper. As a result, a common question we receive is "Where do you go once you finish Essentials?"

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...

Consonant Blends

List of Consonant Blends bl cl fl gl pl sl br cr dr fr gr pr tr sk sl sm sn sp st sw tw Many students struggle with consonant blends when learning how to read. Help students to learn how to blend by playing auditory blending games.

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...

Tips for Helping Students with Dyslexia

Preventing Visual Confusion Reading has a component of muscle memory. The eyes are muscles which must learn to track together in the direction of reading and writing. In the case of English, the direction is from left to right, top to bottom. Children vary in their eye-muscle development, and the...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 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...

Why 74 phonograms?

Why does The Logic of English series have 74 phonograms when most Orton-based programs have only 70? The 74 basic phonograms identified in Uncovering the Logic of English originate from the 70 basic phonograms identified by Dr. Orton. I have expanded the original list by adding four phonograms: augh, bu,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

We Need to Talk about Reading!

English speaking countries are failing our students in first and second grade. More than 60% of our students, in all grades, are struggling with reading! 38% of 4th graders are functionally illiterate. 68% of eighth graders read below grade level. Only 10% of adults are highly proficient readers. We need...

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...

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...

What Makes a Great Reading Curriculum?

As I write curriculum, trying to provide a path for teachers, I have been thinking a great deal about the question, "What makes a great reading and spelling curriculum?" Most of the solid reading methods based upon Dr. Orton's 70 phonograms require intensive and expensive training classes. Though I believe...

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."

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...

How Reading Relates to Math and Science

The state of the Union, the news, everyone seems to be talking about how the United States is falling behind in math and science education. We have made huge efforts to push forward in math, creating honors math programs and funding science classes, but we are missing the root of...

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...

How Much Time?

One of the most c ommon questions I am asked is: How much time should I spend teaching the logic of English? Unfortunately there is not a magic answer. Though I would like to challenge people to think about the question in a different way. Reading and writing are the...

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,...