Travel as Education
Travel can be one of the most educational experiences imaginable.  Even short trips that require hearing a new language, or seeing a new culture, or living in a new way (like camping) can make big changes in a child’s life. In 1970, my husband and I took our two children, Matthew (13) and Melissa...
Why not start with writing?
Writing is a system humans have invented to make speech visible. Our English alphabet is a way of drawing sounds. Words must be written before they can be read. Why not start with writing?
Does a “Great Mind” Need Phonics?
Beware of what you may read in your email. The paragraph below is being passed around the internet with the statement that only great minds can read it (55 out of 100 people), and that spelling isn’t important because you can read any word if the letters are all included and the first and last letter...
How Words Became Visible
Writing and reading are relative newcomers, answering a growing need to turn spoken communication into some kind of permanent record.  For small tribes of hunters and gatherers, oral traditions and histories served well enough.  But when people began to gather in larger numbers, and grow crops and...