Jul 17, 2012
Getting kids reading is enormously significant to their entire education. Educators are very quick to stress that getting kids reading is the most important part of their schooling as literacy affects every part of a child’s learning, both in school as well as in later years. If a kid’s reading is strong, then they can use their literacy skills in other learning areas and better their chances of becoming strong students in subjects other than literacy. If they can read well, they can follow the seams of ideas and learning to their source, no matter the subject. It’s been found...
Jun 22, 2012
What is synthetic phonics?
Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching where words are broken up into the smallest units of sound (phonemes). Children learn to make connections between the letters of written texts (graphemes, or letter symbols) and the sounds of spoken language. Synthetic phonics also teaches children how to identify all the phonemes in a word and match them to a letter in order to be able to spell correctly.
Children are taught how to break up words, or decode them, into individual sounds, and then blend all the way...
Jun 22, 2012
Learning to read is a complex process that can be broken down into a number of steps. Each step requires considerable practice. Some children progress through these steps rapidly and with ease, but others take longer. Motivation plays a vital role in helping children to become successful readers. The more motivated and focused they are, the more they will want to read and consequently the better they will become. ## The 5 Essential Elements of Learning to Read The National Reading Panel’s report (2000) identified five essential areas involved in effective reading instruction: **1. Phonemic awareness** This is understanding how...