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We have a child who can encode, but he cannot decode. Has anyone else had this problem? How can we help him?
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Mary Dear Jo, What you are describing about the teaching of reading in the primary grades in your district certainly is not what a constructivist would advocate. A constuctiviist philosophy underlines Reading Recovery, Literacy Collaborative, the Arkansas Program, and some literature based programs. When a student comes to a word he/she does not know, t...See More
Feb 2, 2011
Jo Mary,

I've seen the classrooms in action at the elementary level. It isn't just a few numbers. What I was describing as the ones that don't know the vowel combinations were non-remedial kids. They can read and comprehend at high levels because they have huge sight word memories but they don't have a clue regarding unknown words. They will...See More
Feb 2, 2011
Celicia On 1/30/11, Jo wrote:

Jo, I can't quite locate your post to Mary where you explain that there's more to teaching reading than Phonics. However, I do agree with you. Are you familiar with the Pecci book, "A Reading Method for Every Child?" It explains a simplified technique for distinguishing phonics words from sight words and how to handle...See More
Feb 16, 2011
M On 1/27/11, Mary wrote: > On 1/26/11, Phonics First wrote: >> I urge you to read this essay. >> [link removed];
Feb 24, 2011
Mark Pennington Wow! Where to begin. This response seems caught in a time warp--circa 1985 whole language, New Zealand, Marie Clay. Constructivism? Little reading research. Old hat. With computer assisted research, we now know that good readers do attend to every single phonemic element. It is not the psycholinguistic guessing game that constructivists once argued...See More
Feb 24, 2011


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