Blog

Calming Our Anxious Hearts: Living, Schooling, and Working in Shalom

Denise's presentation Calming Our Anxious Hearts: Living, Schooling, and Working in Shalom from the 2015 Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.

Read more ...

Nerf Guns and Shaving Cream: Teaching Reading and Spelling to Kids Who Can’t Sit Still

Denise's presentation Nerf Guns and Shaving Cream: Teaching Reading and Spelling to Kids Who Can’t Sit Still at the 2015 Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth.

Read more ...

November 2014 Newsletter: Introducing Scratch and Dent!

Read more ...

Supporting Children with Auditory Processing Weaknesses

We recently received the following question from a parent using Logic of English Foundations with her five-, six-, and seven-year-olds.

Read more ...

LOE Party!

Spread the word about LOE. Earn cash back.
Host a Logic of English party!

Read more ...

October 2014 Newsletter

LOE Parties, school year tools, the LOE Blog, Foundations D coming soon, school pilots!

Read more ...

Calming Our Anxious Hearts

Listen to Denise give a talk on "Calming our Anxious Hearts."

Read more ...

Does starting with cursive lead to confusion in reading?

A recent email from a parent voiced a question we hear frequently from customers wondering about starting with cursive.

'I really want to teach my almost 5-year-old cursive first, but I’m worried about confusing him when I’ll be teaching him to read using print-face. I purchased your Foundations curriculum to teach him cursive and am looking for readers written in cursive but haven’t found any as of yet. Has anyone else brought up this concern and do you happen to know of a solution so I can reinforce cursive while teaching reading?'

Read more ...

The Clever Monks and the Lazy O: Why O sometimes says /ŭ/.

We at Logic of English® have been teaching about vowels saying schwa in unaccented syllables and unaccented words for some time, as have other Orton-Gillingham programs. This concept, which we explain to students as a lazy vowel sound, explains thousands of words like a, the, amazing, precise, companion, easily, bicycle, and fountain.

However, there were a number of common English words that used a schwa-like sound in a way that remained mysterious. They were not explained by the concept of schwa. In these words, the phonogram O says the sound /ŭ/ in an accented syllable. The normal sounds of O are /ŏ ō ö/, and yet we have words like won, money, love, other, wonderful, mother, brother... Why, we wondered, was this so?

Read more ...

What is a Schwa?
 Helping Students Read and Spell the Schwa Sound

Schwa may be the most misunderstood sound in English. Most people have heard of schwa, but it is rare that a teacher or a student knows that:

  • Every vowel may say the schwa sound
  • Schwa is the most common sound in every dialect of English
  • Schwa may sound like /ŭ/ or /ǐ/ in English words
  • Schwa occurs in unaccented syllables and unaccented words

Linguistically, schwa is an unaccented vowel sound.

Read more ...

Login Form