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Testing New Logic of English Curriculum

I have been writing the reading and spelling curriculum to go along with Uncovering the Logic of English. In my experience as a teacher, language arts have usually been taught in a fragmented manner. Teachers use one reading curriculum, a different one for spelling, another for grammar and usage, etc. Yet all these subjects are integral to learning to become fluent readers and writers in English.

I have taken a different approach. Logic of English will cover phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage all in one curriculum. It simply makes so much sense. The program builds from one concept to the next incrementally, guiding students and providing support. In this manner all children can succeed.

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The Phonogram Flash Cards Have Arrived!

The Phonogram Flash Cards have arrived and they are beautiful! The 4.5 x 6 inch size is perfect for both the classroom and individual tutors. They are coated in a matte finish for durability with minimal glare. The front includes a simple picture of the phonogram, while the back includes a pronuncaition key, sample words, and spelling aids. For only $18 a set these are a great buy. After Uncovering the Logic of English, these are the most vital teaching aid for improving students' reading and spelling.

How Much Time?

One of the most common questions I am asked is: How much time should I spend teaching the logic of English?

Unfortunately there is not a magic answer. Though I would like to challenge people to think about the question in a different way. Reading and writing are the foundation to all academics in English speaking countries. If you cannot read and write well, everything else will be difficult. If you are teaching a student younger than 7 this material, it is the key to success in all other subjects. Learning to read, and to read well, should be the focus of our Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. If you have older students who are struggling with reading and/or spelling, you know that lack of mastery in these key areas is holding the student back. For students who are struggling it would be better to quit all other subjects, except math, and focus on reading and spelling for a few months. Time spent learning to read is far more important than any other subject.

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How Denise Discovered The Logic of English

As I have spoken around the country, I have discovered a pervasive affliction: English spelling appears inconsistent, illogical, and for some impossible. This ache resides not only within our schools: public, private, and home, but within the hearts of professionals who cannot spell, parents who cannot answer their children's questions, intelligent adults who were in special education, employers who are despairing at the low literacy rates of the workforce, and on through all levels of society. The logic of English speaks straight to people's hearts and their greatest insecurities.

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Our Dream to Teach All Students How to Read

Unless something changes:
Of the nation's 57.5 million K-12 students, 12.65 million will be functionally illiterate as adults. 27.6 million of these students will not be proficient in basic literacy skills.

What will it take to change the direction of reading and spelling education in the United States today? The National Reading Panel has already shown that systematic phonics is the most effective way to teach decoding. The National Reading Panel has also identified that most teachers have had inadequate phonics training.

In 150 pages, Uncovering the Logic of English explains how letters are arranged to form words in English. Uncovering the Logic of English demonstrates the need and provides teacher's with answers to questions their students are asking everyday. I believe this book can play an integral role in changing how we think about English and learning to read and write.

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Uncovering Goes to Press

Uncovering the Logic of English is now at the printer! Our official release date is February 1, 2011. The Phonogram cards, Spelling Rule cards, Phonogram CD and MP3, and a Quick Reference Guide are also in production and close to printing!

I am looking forward to using the new flash cards in my classrooom. They are on heavy paper, coated so they will not need laminating.

Literacy Crisis Statistics

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The National Reading Panel and The Logic of English

The National Reading Panel (NRP) was commissioned by Congress in 1997 to evaluate the research literature and determine what is known about effective methods to teach reading. The panel screened over 100,000 studies related to reading, held regional hearings and reviewed the testimony of teachers, parents, and researches. The report, issued in 2000, identified systematic, synthetic phonics as an essential component to effective reading instruction.

"Phonics instruction is a way of teaching reading that stresses the acquisition of letter-sound correspondences and their use in reading and spelling."

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Findings of the NRP on Phonics

Following is a small section of a document from the National Reading Panel (NRP) discussing the findings of the NRP related to phonics education. We include it here to highlight the section on phonics.

It is taken from the document Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read in the section Findings and Determinations of the National Reading Panel by Topic Areas.

The entire document is available in PDF format here .

How Torture Reading Helped Denise Discover The Logic of English

As I have spoken around the country, I have discovered a pervasive affliction: English spelling appears inconsistent, illogical, and for some impossible. This ache resides not only within our schools: public, private, and home, but within the hearts of professionals who cannot spell, parents who cannot answer their children's questions, intelligent adults who were in special education, employers who are despairing at the low literacy rates of the workforce, and on through all levels of society. The logic of English speaks straight to people's hearts and their greatest insecurities.

For language, spoken and written, is the basis of all academics and the medium by which we conduct business, science, politics and relationships. Without a firm grasp of our native tongue English, we sever the Achilles heel of individuals and our society.

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