Teach your Child to Read English Memory research has verified the efficiency of teaching all of the sounds of the phonogram at one time, rather than in layers. When the phonogram sounds are introduced together, the brain can store the information in one place for easy retrieval. The easiest way to learn to read and […]

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Orton-Spalding Based Method for all learners

Orton-Spalding Method for All Learners English Reading, Spelling & Writing Language Arts Dr. Samuel Orton, a famous neurologist, isolated the 70 most used phonograms, the “Phonics Codes”, of the English language. A “phonogram” is either one letter or a set combination of letters which represent one or more single ‘voiced’ sounds in a given word. […]

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Alphabet

Teaching the Alphabet First: Debunking a Myth Teach the 72 Orton Phonograms First We’re usually taught that learning English starts with the alphabet. Kids need to learn those 26 letters before they can make the language work for them, so we need to teach them the alphabet as early as possible. But while it’s obviously […]

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Campbell's law

How to Get Out from under Standardized Testing A Guide for Parents I have a Princeton Review study guide in my living room right now that has this to say about the new edition of the Graduate Record Examination: “…It’s safe to say that neither GRE—new or old—is a realistic measure of how well you’ll do […]

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dangers of daycare

The Dangers of Daycare Homeschooling’s Not as Costly as It Seems In your first year or two of parenting, you might get a sense that sending your child to daycare is as mandatory as sending them to school. Even if it creeps you out—or you think your child isn’t ready to spend so much time […]

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friendships

How to Help Your Children Form Good Friendships Advice for Homeschoolers  If you homeschool your kids, you’ve probably found yourself thinking deeply about things parents take for granted if they send their kids to public or private school. Friendship is a good example. A parent of kids at public school might wonder whether their kids […]

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homework

What to Do when Students Won’t Do Their Homework And the Best Way to Address the Issue Teaching can be a beautiful experience, but no teacher in the world will tell you that it’s a walk in the park. In particular, students who don’t turn in their homework can be enough of an obstacle to […]

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common core

Common Core and Reading Since 2009 there has been a lot of passionate discussion and debate in the public arena about something referred to as Common Core (CC). It is the newest education initiative in a long history of initiatives for what is supposed to be best for America’s children in learning. Kathleen Porter-Magee in […]

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The Evolution of Public Education A Case for Parents to Start Homeschooling? Many teachers, students, and parents don’t have a positive outlook on programs such as No Child Left Behind, despite its catchy, encouraging name. Even more clearly, the science and data has shown that standardized testing isn’t necessarily the best thing for our students; […]

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Race to The Abyss Race to The Top is A Failed Program Well, as with most government programs, Race to the Top has failed– and not just in terms of helping children succeed in their educational endeavors, but it has also failed taxpayers and teachers. I should probably start by explaining what Race to the […]

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