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Morphology Lesson 1

This morphology lesson corresponds to Spelling List 1.

In this video, Denise Eide explains the prefixes con- and com-.

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Phonogram Lesson 1 A-Z

Learn the phonograms A-Z with author and speaker Denise Eide.

These phonograms will then be used to learn the words in Spelling List 1.

We recommend that students also complete Lesson 1: Part 1 in The Logic of English Essentials Curriculum in prepartation for Spelling List 1.

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Literacy Myth #1 - Students Learn to Read Naturally

There is a widespread myth in our culture that children learn to read the same way they learn to speak: naturally. However, this is simply not true. One look at the literacy statistics reveals the fallacy. Two-thirds of U.S. students read below grade level and one-third of fourth graders are functionally illiterate. It is a minority of students who learn to read "naturally," not a majority.

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Handwriting Practice - Texture Writing

Supplies Needed: One gallon ziplock bags and tempera paint.

Squeeze paint into the ziplock bag. Seal tightly.

Read the phonogram sound(s) to the children for them to practice writing the phonogram on the bag.

This is also an excellent way to practice the handwriting strokes.

Picture compliments of MaryEllen Beattie Plummer

Morphology - Key to Teaching Reading Across the Curriculum

Understanding morphology greatly simplifies learning vocabulary terms and also aids in spelling. Every teacher should have a basic understanding of morphology and how to leverage morphemes for introducing the vocabulary words related to her subject.

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English is a Morpho-Phonemic Language

Though it is true that English is a phonetic language, where the symbols on the page represent sounds, the code is a bit more complex than that. English is in fact a morpho-phonemic language: a code that represents both sound and meaning.

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Doodling Dragons is Shipping

Doodling Dragons: An ABC Book of Sounds is now shipping.

Pre-Orders will be going out Monday and Tuesday.

Level One Readers - Why are They So Difficult to Read?

Two weeks ago, I went to Barnes and Noble and purchased thirty early readers. I wanted to analyze the phonograms and spelling rules found in books that parents and teachers ask young students to read. What I found amazed me.

Seemingly simple books in English, are not so simple on a linguistics level. These books may have a limited vocabulary, however, found in their pages are an astonishingly high percentage of the 74 phonograms and 30 spelling rules that describe written English.

In the United States it is common practice to teach a student some of the sounds of the A-Z phonograms and then expect them to begin to read. Yet, when opening a Level 1 reader students encounter dozens of non-A-Z concepts in each book. It is no wonder they struggle to read fluently.

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Phonogram Game - Zoom

This is a fun Phonogram Game for active children. Have the student write the phonograms on index cards. Place the index cards in the crack of a table. Ask the student to read the sound(s) and zoom a car at the phonogram he just read. If he reads the phonogram correctly and hits it with the car, replace it with a new phonogram! You may also use the Logic of English Phonogram Game Cards as seen in the picture.

Reading Game: Replace phonograms with common words for the student to practice reading.

Idea provided by Logic of English Teacher Lynnie Lynn

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Handwriting Charts Coming Soon

Logic of English Handwriting charts on on their way to the printer. We have both a cursive and a manuscript version. These useful references are ideal for teaching handwriting strokes and for introducing and reviewing the letters. Detailed instructions for forming each letter are included as well as shortened directions which emphasize the rhythm of handwriting. We can't wait for these to arrive!

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