qualified to teach

Are You Qualified to Teach Your Kids? The title of this blog is a legitimate question, but it’s usually asked OF a homeschooling parent, not BY the homeschooling parent. The short answer is: Yes! A longer answer is in the rest of this article. No matter of our philosophies or religious bents, those who want […]

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Teachers are great at teaching.

The Biggest Problem Teachers Face Teaching [All 72] English Sounds Effectively to non-English Speaking Students Are you looking for a great solution to teaching your ESL students the sounds of English? The Orton Spalding method (and our Mnemonic Phonic Technique) has the necessary tools to teach English as a second language and to teach the English language learner. […]

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Unruly kids love learning to read!

Relationships between Reading, Handwriting, and the Circle Learning to print (manuscript writing) well is a critical step that we cannot skip in teaching children to read. There are reasons that printing becomes essential in a child’s life. First, cursive writing is being left off of many formal public school agendas, and students still need to […]

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Transforming learning through teaching phonics

Explicit Phonics Instruction: The King of English and Empathy I’m going to be bold, very bold, because I’m going to make the extraordinary claim (backed by scientific research) that explicit phonics instruction is hands-down one of the most effective ways to teach K-3rd graders how to read. It will also help develop mirror neurons-the key to […]

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Teaching phonics with mnemonics

How to Teach Phonograms: Part 3 This is the third and final installment of, “How to Teach the Phonograms.”.  How is it going with your student? If you have any questions, sign in on the blog site and ask. Better yet; we would love to see a comment from you.  If you are popping in for […]

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Explicit phonics

How to Teach the Phonograms Part 2 The phonograms, sound symbol relationships, are the foundational building blocks for spelling and reading. In part one of this blog we concentrated on what we typically call the “circle letters” and why they are taught together and out of alphabetical order. Please glance through that article if you […]

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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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