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by cartwheel
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:28 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Phoneme Spotters"
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

"Phoneme Spotters"

I am curious about the use of "phoneme spotters." Some SP programs seem to have them; others not. For those practitioners who use them, do you use them with all your students? Do you use them to target specific needs, such as fluency? Do you read them aloud to the student while they highlight the sp...
by cartwheel
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research on sight words help
Replies: 18
Views: 3251

Re: Research on sight words help

I forgot to mention the excellent book by Keith Stanovich. He goes into great depth about some of the research debunking Goodman's and Smith's Whole Language theory. And Stanovich started his research expecting the results to support Whole Language.

-Jennie (U.S.)
by cartwheel
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Research on sight words help
Replies: 18
Views: 3251

Re: Research on sight words help

I recommend finding a copy of Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention (2009) by Stanislas Dehaene. He does address the "Reading Wars": Cognitive psychology directly refutes any notion of teaching via a "global" or "whole language" method. I have to stress this point forc...
by cartwheel
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Am I getting this right?
Replies: 19
Views: 4711

Re: Am I getting this right?

Do you print the exercise across the page so the letters are read from left to right as in reading, and along the next line etc etc? Or a massively long vertical list? Yes, the student reads across the page. I happen to put 10 graphemes on a line, and 7 lines to a page. Those same 10 graphemes repe...
by cartwheel
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Am I getting this right?
Replies: 19
Views: 4711

Re: Am I getting this right?

I guess the rates you are quoting in your postscript are for someone reading "in their head" rather than out loud? I just pulled out a L/S fluency sheet (oa, th, o, er, c, oe, sh ee, kn, e) and timed myself, out loud. 165/minute. Granted, I have essentially been practicing this type of activity, in...
by cartwheel
Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Am I getting this right?
Replies: 19
Views: 4711

Re: Am I getting this right?

Volunteer, Here is another possible avenue or two to explore: It has been pointed out in various places, including the online Jolly Phonics training course: Sometimes kids are slow in blending because they are slow in their recall of letter-sounds. They may be accurate, but slow. I use timed drills ...
by cartwheel
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guessing
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: Guessing

What techniques do you use to reduce "guessing" or "apparent guessing"? Ah, have you read the posts about using a "notched card", word-by-word? http://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3815&hilit=notched+card I first used it with my dd, with great success. I use it now with some students...
by cartwheel
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Guessing
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: Guessing

how do we know a child is guessing from a few of the letters in the words rather than reading right through the whole word to decode it? Interesting question. One way of knowing this is seeing instances of the child turning his/her head up from the page, looking at the ceiling, and throwing out a n...
by cartwheel
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Am I getting this right?
Replies: 19
Views: 4711

Re: Am I getting this right?

Any suggestions on activities which are as "good" as reading a book for building up his speed and fluency? Reading words in lists can be hugely effective, both in terms of gains in accuracy and gains in speed. Reading words in lists may also counter the "guessing" habit. By word lists I am not, of ...
by cartwheel
Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Does when you are born matter?
Replies: 2
Views: 911

Re: Does when you are born matter?

This seems like a good time to refer to studies that show that "summer birthday delays" can be reduced significantly with synthetic phonics teaching. For example, there are these two (Sound Discovery programme): http://syntheticphonics.net/pdf/Raising-literacy-attainment.pdf Literacy standards for a...
by cartwheel
Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Read
Replies: 12
Views: 2236

Re: Read

I often hear comments about kids being "stuck" in the decoding "stage". So, rather than provide fluency training in decoding skills, some of these educators flash word and phrase flashcards at the students. Yet the students can't even decode the first few easily decodable letters of the words in a s...
by cartwheel
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress
Replies: 20
Views: 3263

Re: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress

And on the Phonics International website you can find another nonsense word assessment:
http://www.phonicsinternational.com/assessment.html
[Scroll down a bit on the webpage.]
by cartwheel
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress
Replies: 20
Views: 3263

Re: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress

Ruth Miskin's Nonsense Word Assessment is available here on the rrf website:
http://rrf.org.uk/pdf/Ruth%20Miskin%20N ... 20Test.pdf
by cartwheel
Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress
Replies: 20
Views: 3263

Re: Advice on simple way of measuring reading progress

Here in the U.S., I use the DIBELs on occasion, but I do have concerns. My primary concern regards the nonsense word fluency assessment. It only covers the "short" vowels and single-letter consonants, so there is no indication of progress, or lack thereof, in a student's learning of the advanced cod...
by cartwheel
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:46 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Mem Fox:The Folly of Jolly Old Phonics
Replies: 6
Views: 1332

Re: Mem Fox:The Folly of Jolly Old Phonics

I wish I could laugh at Mem Fox's words about phonics, but I can't. Perhaps it is because I so love Fox's Time for Bed . It's a lovely book, and it brings back warm memories of days gone by. It is one of the special books from my children's younger years that I have kept for future grandchildren, sh...