Vocabulary and morphology
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?
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...
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...
The Root SYM
What does a symphony have in common with a symbol?
Morphology and Math
Many students struggle to master basic math terminology. Morphology, however, will reduce confusion and aid students in understanding the meaning of the terms. Today we will look at a few common math terms that students commonly confuse and discover how knowing the morphemes quickly resolves the problem.
Morphology - Key to Teaching Reading Across the Curriculum
Understanding morphology greatly simplifies learning vocabulary terms and also aids in spelling. Every teacher should have a basic understanding of morphology and how to leverage morphemes for introducing the vocabulary words related to her subject.
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.
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
Prefixes and Latin Roots
As I write the word lists for the curriculum, I have been exploring the derivatives for each word. It amazes me how far knowing one root, whether it be an English, Latin, or Greek root will bring students in vocabulary development.