Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

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…

A good value: Get your child off to a great start with Reading Kingdom!

As a Mom, you’re always looking for the best deals. “Spend a little, get a lot!” is blogger Jenny Richards’ philosophy, and she was impressed by the quality and value of the Reading Kingdom program. She found the program to be a colorful, fun, and well-designed resource for you and your developing reader. “Modeling (reading to your kids) is an…

Has Teaching Changed Since Thomas Jefferson?

In a letter to his daughter, Thomas Jefferson offered the following advice about spelling: “Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary.” Today’s world presents us with a dramatically different scene. Vast numbers of schools see accurate spelling…

Casting a Good Spell on Spelling

In the diversity that marks our educational system, one primary grade activity is unique. It is the weekly spelling assignment. Regardless of philosophy, almost all primary grades across the nation faithfully carry out this activity. While it has some variations, it basically it involves a list of 20 words with an associated daily assignment up that ends on Friday with…