Many parents and even educators are confused about what it means when we refer to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy, and Systematic Phonics approaches to literacy instruction. When I teach children, I use storytelling and metaphor to make difficult topics relatable. The following story/metaphor will hopefully help you understand the terminology identified with each approach and … Continue reading Taken for a Ride With Balanced Literacy
In the latest edition of “Perspectives,” a quarterly publication on literacy, Response to Intervention (RTI) was a major topic for discussion and exploration. RTI was established in schools to provide structure for making decisions about how to recognize children’s early academic difficulties, along with monitoring progress and appropriate interventions, in the hope of preventing long … Continue reading 10 Reasons RtI Doesn’t Work
Although English is a phonetic language, there are still schools of thought that want children to memorize a certain number of words by the time they finish kindergarten. Some people would argue and say that it couldn’t hurt, or it is part of a “Balanced Literacy” program. But I would say it is actually extremely … Continue reading Are Sight Words Detrimental for Beginner Readers?