Making Speech Visible
Constructing Words Can Help Children Organize Their Brains for Skillful Reading
By Jeannine Herron, Ph.D.
This book proposes a simple, but fundamental, change in the way children are introduced to reading. It explains how this change could result in more efficient reading pathways in the brain. The switch is as simple as this: children need to construct words themselves before they try to read someone else’s words. They need to SEE how the alphabet code represents what they SAY. Reversing the order of instruction in this way ”writing as a route to reading” could help prevent the reading difficulties that turn many children away from the joy of reading.