Logic of English challenges the notion that English is illogical by systematically explaining English spelling. We develop curriculum, teaching/learning supplements, and free resources based on this idea in order to make success in reading available to all learners. The material we teach benefits children, adults, gifted students, struggling readers, ELL students, and anyone who wishes to better understand how written English works and strengthen reading or spelling skills.
Read more: Uncovering the Logic of English.
Logic of English is an Orton-Gillingham program with a number of unique characteristics. One is that we expand the original list of 70 basic phonograms identified by Dr. Orton to include five additional ones: augh, bu, gu, es, and cei. Our spelling rules also include concepts not covered in most other OG programs.
Another key distinction is our strong belief that multi-sensory, systematic phonics instruction builds the best foundation for success in reading for all students, not just those who have been diagnosed with specific learning disabilities and those who have access to specialized reading remediation programs.
In addition, we seek to make this material available to all by creating curriculum that is easy to teach, engaging, and fun!
Logic of English is an Orton-Gillingham-based approach. Some characteristics that distinguish it from other approaches and other OG programs:
- Our program is built for ease of use in the home or the classroom without extensive or highly specialized training.
- We emphasize critical thinking: English is logical and conforms to a set of rules, but it is also complex. Students learn the rules by discovery, looking at words to discover the pattern in their spelling before being told a rule by the teacher. They gain tools for thinking critically about language.
- We provide linguistically accurate rules that logically describe English spelling, equipping students to decode English words successfully with 74 basic phonograms and 31 spelling rules.
- We let kids be kids and teach the whole student and every student: Students may be strong auditory, visual or kinesthetic learners or, more commonly, a mixture of all three. They may also be analytical or intuitive thinkers. LOE builds on the strengths of all students while strengthening their weaknesses through active, multi-sensory lessons. The lessons are playful, active, and fun.
- We move from large to fine motor. Forming letters by writing is the strongest kinesthetic component of learning to read. A distinctive element of LOE is teaching children the shape of letters using their large motor skills—forming them with their whole arms or even their whole bodies! This allows young children to start early and succeed. In addition, incorporating kinesthetic learning in this way helps to connect visual, motor, and auditory centers for children who are weak in one or more of these areas.
- We go beyond teaching the rules of phonics and support students in the development of fluency and reading comprehension, supporting them as they bridge from learning to read to reading to learn and enjoy!
The 74 basic phonograms identified in Uncovering the Logic of English originate from the 70 basic phonograms identified by Dr. Orton. Logic of English expanded the original list by adding the following phonograms: augh, bu, gu, and cei.
For more information, see our blog: Why 74 Phonograms?
In 2018, we began teaching the noun and verb suffix -ES as a phonogram, bringing the total number of phonograms we teach to 75. Learn more about ES.
You can read more generally about how Logic of English relates to Orton-Gillingham in our blog under the tag "Orton-Gillingham."
Yes! Because it explains written English accurately and logically, Logic of English material is very beneficial in helping ELL students develop strong reading and spelling skills in English. Its emphases on the sound-symbol relationships and the morphological structure of English also support ELL students in increasing vocabulary efficiently, developing stronger comprehension, and improving pronunciation.
Logic of English is not a beginning conversational English course. Beginning ELL students should start with a program that focuses on speaking and listening. Reading and spelling instruction should become a component of English lessons once basic conversational English skills have developed; since Logic of English teaches the relationship between spoken and written English, a basic level of spoken English is needed first so that students are primarily learning to read and spell words in their spoken vocabulary. However, the phonemic awareness activities in Logic of English, and the systematic instruction in the relationship between spoken and written English, also help students to strengthen spoken English and improve pronunciation while they learn tools for reading and writing.Learn more about Logic of English for ELL.
Online, our curriculum is available through the Logic of English webstore. This is where most of our customers purchase.
Our trade books are available at the LOE Webstore and through a number of online and storefront retailers, including Rainbow Resources, Amazon, and CBD.
We also accept Purchase Orders from pre-approved institutions.
Many tools and answers are available on our website. You may want to visit one of the following pages:
- Logic of English Blog: Hundreds of articles about reading instruction, phonics, fluency, handwriting, spelling, linguistics, the literacy crisis, struggling readers, morphology, teaching tools, and more.
- Help Me Choose: A step-by-step online interview for those wondering about the best starting point for Logic of English curriculum for their students.
- Logic of English Forum: Read questions, answers, and discussion between those using the curriculum, those exploring it, and the Logic of English team.
- Logic of English Store: Online ordering, with detailed product information about individual LOE products as well as discounted bundles designed for use with one student or a whole class.
You can also contact us directly! We would be happy to answer your questions.