Teach Reading Properly from the Beginning
Recent brain studies are concluding that the automation of letter-speech sound processing takes many years to develop because it is not just the learning of an association, but a neurobiological integration process involving the linking of speech and reading networks. The young reader must combine a...
Phoneme Awareness vs Phonics?
The National Institute for Literacy has some good tips for teaching phoneme awareness (being able to identify the separate sounds in words) a critical skill for learning to read. However, they suggest that 20 hours of class time should suffice for teaching phonemic awareness. Since close to 70% of...
Questions Parents Should Ask Teachers of Kindergarten and First Grade Children
If you have been reading this blog, you are aware of the importance of phoneme awareness and phonics to the development of early reading skills. You may already have more knowledge now than your child’s teacher.  Parents can find out whether their children will be taught reading well by asking their...