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by cartwheel
Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:42 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Dyslexia Debate returns.
Replies: 39
Views: 10002

Re: The Dyslexia Debate returns.

Lucy's experience with her son is similar to experiences that many of us "phonics fanatics" have had. We were not born believing in the power of phonics; rather, after trying other approaches (whole word; whole language; multi-cueing; eye exams; ....), we discovered synthetic phonics, tried it, and ...
by cartwheel
Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall
Replies: 28
Views: 6465

Re: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall

But aren't "pa" and "ba" syllables, rather than phonemes?
by cartwheel
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall
Replies: 28
Views: 6465

Re: Whole Language analysed by Prof. Hempenstall

Stanislaus Dehaene on "Becoming Aware of Phonemes" from Reading in the Brain (2009), pp. 201-202: Studies by the psychologist Jose Morias [1979 and 1986] show that the discovery of phonemes is not automatic. It requires explicit teaching of an alphabetic code. Even adults, if illiterate, can fail to...
by cartwheel
Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Papermover again
Replies: 29
Views: 8040

Re: Papermover again

Papermover, Your child's experience is not uncommon. As a tutor I consistently see my students' reading go down-hill after returning to school in September. I warn the parents that this is likely to happen for the less skilled of my students. It is the weakest students who suffer the most. [I had on...
by cartwheel
Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:03 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: adult readers: skilled vs. average.... and context clues
Replies: 3
Views: 1223

adult readers: skilled vs. average.... and context clues

Toots wrote in the Phonics Check thread: As regards the Stanovich longitudinal study I think I am right in saying that the less skilled and younger children who used context in reading more frequently than the more skilled became more skilled in time and became less likely to use context (after all ...
by cartwheel
Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: seeking info re: SP with illiterate teenage students
Replies: 19
Views: 5597

Re: seeking info re: SP with illiterate teenage students

Thank you, Yvonne. I will certainly look at MULTILIT. I also want to thank Tricia Millar for her quick response to my query, and her lengthy replies to my questions via email. Palisadesk, your insight into possible variables at work is much appreciated, as always. This forum has been an incredible r...
by cartwheel
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: seeking info re: SP with illiterate teenage students
Replies: 19
Views: 5597

seeking info re: SP with illiterate teenage students

Can anyone point me in the direction of any studies or informative reports regarding synthetic phonics reading interventions for teenage students who are non-readers or very poor readers? Much of the research I am finding here in the U.S. involves the Direct Instruction Corrective Reading program, w...
by cartwheel
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:40 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lexia Software
Replies: 7
Views: 4670

Re: Lexia Software

I have a bit of experience with Lexia. It's not synthetic phonics. It's phonics of the Not-Terribly-Effective type. But around where I live in the U.S. it's better than the "No Phonics" that so many children suffer from. I don't see any reason for folks in the U.K. to use Lexia. You have much better...
by cartwheel
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Phonics screening check thread - what do you think?
Replies: 38
Views: 5144

Re: Phonics screening check thread - what do you think?

A perspective from the U.S. about nonsense words assessments: I live in a town and state in the U.S. that has been fully devoted to Whole Language teaching for many years. About 6 or 7 years ago, the Special Ed department managed to introduce the DIBELS nonsense word fluency testing for all kinderga...
by cartwheel
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Pointing to words helps children read in later years
Replies: 4
Views: 1633

Re: Pointing to words helps children read in later years

Okay, ... except for the children who refuse to look at the book while you are reading aloud! Believe me, I did all I could to get my younger child to look at the book and at where my finger was pointing. But, no, she wanted to draw, or move around on the bed, or simply look elsewhere and picture th...
by cartwheel
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading without understanding - in baboons
Replies: 13
Views: 1462

Re: Reading without understanding - in baboons

http://www.learningstewards.org/re-word-spotting-baboons-leave-scientists-spellbound-reading-baboons-may-shed-light-on-human-learning/ There is an incomparable difference between the way hearing able children learn to readAlphabetic writing systems in general and orthographically messy ones like En...
by cartwheel
Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test
Replies: 42
Views: 4874

Re: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test

And "Does that make sense?" has another equally debilitating consequence: it insults the intelligence of the reader. Struggling readers in particular do not need their self-confidence ruined any more than it already has been. (Imagine if we said, "Does that make sense?" to our friends on a regular b...
by cartwheel
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test
Replies: 42
Views: 4874

Re: Dorothy Bishop on Michael Rosen and the phonics test

What I find really worrying about this insistence that children will try to make meaning from all words is that it appears to be founded on the assumption that a child will know the meaning of every unfamiliar word that they encounter, or, that every word they encounter will be familiar to them. Ma...
by cartwheel
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Letters & Sounds Archived
Replies: 26
Views: 2657

Re: Letters & Sounds Archived

Ah, but where did those videos go? :sad:
by cartwheel
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: What happened to the videos linked from L&S?
Replies: 1
Views: 502

What happened to the videos linked from L&S?

I used to be able to access the videos of SP in action, via the Letters & Sounds dfes website. L&S appears to have been archived, and there are no longer links to videos, so far as I can see. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or are they gone? I know of no better way to introduce SP to tho...