How to Teach Phonograms Part I. In Yes Phonics (YP) and all other superior Orton-Spalding (OS) methods of teaching to read, the phonograms are the firm foundation from which to build an excellent reading program. The phonogram flashcards provided by Yes Phonics include pictures, help for the teacher, and key word captions. The keyword captions […]

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pencil

How We Hold a Pencil is Important At first glance this may seem like a silly blog, a filler even, but there is a lot more to holding a pencil than what meets the…paper.  Holding a pencil correctly can help make or break a child’s career as a student writer.  Occasionally a student will hate […]

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Is There a Link Between Dyslexia and Sight Words I have an adorable niece who is learning to read in kindergarten with a controlled set of vocabulary called sight words. This is not new or uncommon in the public education system and it seems to produce young readers. I would like to caution you about […]

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Science validates phonics

Science Proves the Efficacy of Phonics Learning What began with observation and an intuitive theory on multi-sensory teaching some 80 years ago, was scientifically proven in 2003, establishing phonics – associating sounds with written symbols – as a critical tool in learning how to read.  In between those years, scholars and researchers added tools to […]

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preventing crime

Literacy: Preventing Crime Before It Starts Imagine getting a job, advancing your career, and contributing positively to society if you can’t read or write. Not likely. Rather, your life would be a constant struggle. As today’s job market requires increasingly technological skills, your options would diminish in direct proportion. If you cannot read, write and […]

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Phonics studies

Studies Prove Phonics Works Best For Teaching Students to Read For years, we’ve been reading studies that demonstrate the negative impacts of illiteracy on individuals and society – from feelings of sustained frustration to low earnings to crime and imprisonment. Some say America’s educational system is broken, turning out more illiterate students and high-school dropouts […]

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Explicit Phonics Vs. the Nation’s Literacy Crisis Science Provides the Super Power Solution: Explicit Phonics The time for sticking our heads in the sand is over. America is facing an educational crisis that is costing our nation billions of dollars per year and leaves more than 1/3 of our children struggling in the dark. In […]

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Explicit phonics

Explicit Phonics and Eradicating Illiteracy Explicit phonics: you may have heard the term, and maybe you sort of know what it is, but you couldn’t really put it into words.  In its basic form, it is a systematic way of teaching the sounds that letters and combinations of letters make.  These sounds are then used […]

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Kids learning phonics using DVD

Using the Scope and Sequence for YesPhonics Express Anything new can seem like a foreign language and stun us into Zombie Land for a little while. When I home schooled my children I was often dazed over the new curricula that I had purchased. I was usually paralyzed for a time until I was brave […]

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Explicit phonics

It’s all Greek to Me Learning English Spelling Rules Verbatim Americans use foreign words in our day-to-day communications more often than we may realize. We order the soup du jour, bid our friends bon voyage, dip our roast beef sandwiches in au jus, arrange flowers in a bouquet, establish a rapport with new people, buy […]

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