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Re: A question about "phonics" my daughters homework!

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Posted by Steve on November 10, 2003 at 22:07:30:

In Reply to: Re: A question about "phonics" my daughters homework! posted by Kelly M on November 10, 2003 at 12:01:26:

Well let's not go crazy. She's not reading. She sits on my lap while I read to her. But, what I do is point to things in the book and ask her if she knows what they are. Many times she does, but if she pulls out the blank "I dunno," stare, I'll help her. For instance, I'll pronounce the "f" in "fish." Sometimes it triggers her memory. That's basically phonics, breaking down each word into parts that are easier to understand, and then recognizing that those parts make up other words.

Your confusion is probably rooted in being taught to read a different way. The other main strategy is "whole language" reading. The main idea there (as I understand it) is to teach people to recognize what each word looks like. I don't think it works as well as phonics. The problem comes when a person taught that way comes across a word they've never seen. Someone taught with phonics can break the word down, while someone taught exclusively with whole language will be lost. Thankfully, very few teachers have ever taught exclusively with one method or another.

(steps down from soap box)

Sorry .. it's a topic that interests me :)

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