July 2015 Newsletter
- Created: Friday, 17 July 2015 09:00
- Written by Liz Winter
that, them, then, this
think, thank, with
is, his, as, has
We have a brand new tool for parents and teachers who need to teach their students the high-frequency words in the Dolch List but want to use the logical, phonics-based approach used in Logic of English® curriculum. If you want to teach your children why each word is spelled the way it is, join us this summer on the LOE blog for...
These lessons will eventually be available for purchase as a set, but through October 2015 they will also be available as a free resource on the LOE blog.
[Winter 2015 update: Sounding Out the Sight Words is now available!]
The Logic of English team is often asked about whether LOE curriculum is helpful for English language learners. As an EFL teacher, I have thought about this question a lot.
A common question we receive is with whether Logic of English® curriculum is benefical to students who are strong readers or who are already spelling fairly well. For example, last week we received the following email from Chelsea, a homeschool mom using the 1st edition of Essentials:
...I know the program will be great for my three younger children, but I am a bit concerned about whether the Essentials program I ordered will be what my older kids need. They have been taught phonics using [names omitted], both good programs that we have very much enjoyed -- but I feel they have left us with gaps at the upper levels.
It seems that even your advanced spelling lists are below what my older children's reading/spelling level is. My question is, will your program help them spell words like nuisance and words with greater difficulty than that? Will it help them fill in the gaps for advanced words?
This simple word, defined by Merriam Webster as a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables, has been at the center of an educational debate that has continued for over a century. The debate has been so fierce, some people have called it the Reading Wars. Yet despite billions of dollars in reading research and countless trainings and classes offered on how to teach reading, a great deal of confusion remains.
Much of this confusion is due to the persistence of five myths about phonics.