Posts Tagged ‘phonics’

The Difference Between Phonological Awareness and Phonics

Kristen (parent) asks: What is the difference between phonological awareness and phonics? Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of ReadingKingdom.com) answers: This is an excellent question because the two terms are commonly used—often without any explanation as to their meaning. Phonics generally refers to the “sounding out” process that children are taught to use for decoding words (e.g., seeing cat, they apply…

Reading Kingdom Releases Reading Kingdom Stage 2: Reading & Writing Program for Grades 3-5

September 12, 2013 – Reading Kingdom is pleased to announce the release of Reading Kingdom Stage 2, an incredibly effective reading and writing program for students in grades 3 to 5 as well as older students who are experiencing difficulties. It is the only program available that features Dr. Marion Blank’s patented Integrated Skills Method which uses innovative techniques to…

How Six Skills Can Help Your Child Read

As I became aware of the many skills children were failing to master, I tried to see if there were patterns into which they could be categorized. That led me to turn to my training in spoken language where very complex skills are categorized into a relatively small number of categories. First there are the physical skills of hearing and…

Why Phonics is missing “Phocus”

Why have phonics and whole language each focused on only one skill? There is an old joke about a man under a streetlight who is scanning the ground around him. A passerby stops to ask what the problem is. The man responds, “I lost my keys and I’m looking for them.” The passerby replies, “Where exactly did you lose the…

Why Phonics Can “Phail”

Current instruction invariably represents one of two systems. The most powerful one is phonics -which teaches the sounds of words; the second, less influential but still prevalent, method is whole language -which concentrates on stories (the stories others have written and the stories the children themselves write about their own experiences). Of the two, phonics yields somewhat better results. Even…

You think English is easy?

Internet humor…. 1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. 4) We must polish the Polish furniture. 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert….