How Much Time?
- Created: Sunday, 30 January 2011 11:49
- Written by Denise Eide
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.