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by ElizabethB
Thu May 01, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: British Reading Program from 1881
Replies: 9
Views: 1900

According to Geraldine Rodgers' History of Beginning Reading, p. 847, "The use of Pitman’s phonic print died out because children who were trained to read words which were spelled phonically had trouble later memorizing conventional spellings, although they read fluently. The same objection applies ...
by ElizabethB
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:56 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

I don't think I have adequately conveyed the improvement that my daughter showed after working through Webster's Speller. When I started her out on the speller at age 5 1/2, she could read on her own from simple books (k/early 1st grade level) and at a 4th to 5th grade level with occasional help sou...
by ElizabethB
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Breaking the guessing habit
Replies: 24
Views: 11752

More thoughts on reducing guessing: Try all uppercase or teach them cursive and use all cursive. Uppercase breaks up the form that some students use for guessing, and cursive, while it retains some of the same form, is slightly different and emphasizes left to right direction of writing and sounding...
by ElizabethB
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

The (syllabication) foundations are shaky due to the many exceptions which require the formulation of so many additional rules. I believe that these syllabication rules are really not needed for helping students read or 'chunk' multi-syllabic words - primarily because the research shows this. So, w...
by ElizabethB
Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:45 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 8960

I've moved around quite a bit too and find the various regional accents fascinating. But teaching spelling here in Wales has posed some problems, particularly with the different pronunciation of /oo/ (which is often pronounced as /ue/) and 'ah', which is pronounced here like a short 'a' in words su...
by ElizabethB
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:10 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Breaking the guessing habit
Replies: 24
Views: 11752

Hi Elizabeth Thank you for the references to your website - lots of interesting and helpful stuff to read there! I'm sure some more links would be much appreciated. Finally, I found limiting outside reading during tutoring was most effective. I'm sure this is true, but how do you go about it? My pu...
by ElizabethB
Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

I instinctively tend to agree with Diane McGuinness who quoted Nellie Dale as saying that you should never teach anything that will have to be unlearned later. Occam's Razor also applies: if simpler works equally well - as it does with many SP programs - why bother making life more complicated? At ...
by ElizabethB
Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:31 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

Geraldine Rodgers' quotes on the subject

As I said above, it was reading Geraldine Rodgers that inspired me to come up with a marking system of my own. She has pages upon pages of good things to say about Leigh Print in her History of Beginning Reading. Here are some quotes from her "History of Beginning Reading" on marking systems in gene...
by ElizabethB
Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:38 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

Bob -What I don't understand is why teachers would want to mark the Alphabetic Code with an additional code of marks when they can already teach learners to read without the marks? Remedial Students and ESL students could especially benefit from markings. Geraldine Rodgers' History of Beginning als...
by ElizabethB
Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:01 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 8960

Re: sight word frustration

In most British regions, "worry" is an exception to your first rule; I pronounce the "a" in walk like "saw", but not the others; "ware", "warrant" and "wary" are exceptions to your third rule. Now that you mention it, we have regional exceptions to some of these, too. I'll change the wording to say...
by ElizabethB
Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Are sight words taboo?
Replies: 40
Views: 8960

Re: sight word frustration

I teach All Day Kindergarten and so much stock is put into the district assessment that requires us to teach 125 sight words. Technically we are supposed to teach 16, but the expectation is higher 50-120. How do you provoke thought out of someone or district "big shots" who have bought into this "n...
by ElizabethB
Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Help with Adult Learner
Replies: 5
Views: 3999

Nonsense words, a few recommended programs

I agree with FETutor, nonsense words are helpful for breaking the guessing habit, and the older the student and the more sight words they have been exposed to, the more nonsense words they need to help stop their guessing habits. Here's a good website for making nonsense words: http://call.canil.ca/...
by ElizabethB
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Decodable material
Topic: 9,000 decodable words
Replies: 3
Views: 6567

9,000 decodable words

I recently found this list (sent to me from Don Potter!)

http://www.9000phoneticwords.com/9000%2 ... blea2.html
by ElizabethB
Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 10 sounds of 'ea'
Replies: 54
Views: 9264

Leigh and Robinson

A version of any pronouncing print can be made to match British pronunciation. In fact, according to page 847 of Geraldine Rodgers' History of Beginning Reading, "The use of Pitman’s phonic print died out because children who were trained to read words which were spelled phonically had trouble later...
by ElizabethB
Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Purely Practical Posts -no politics!
Topic: Breaking the guessing habit
Replies: 24
Views: 11752

Nonsense Words, Limit outside reading

My first few remedial students just about drove me crazy with their wild guessing! I eventually hit upon nonsense words as a method of breaking the habit. Here is a nice webpage for making nonsense words: http://call.canil.ca/english/engnb1.html I like to also make longer words using simple syllable...