My passion for teaching young children to read using sight words is no secret. However, what I have failed to articulate in the past: it is not my only vice nor should it be, in the quest to teach children to read.
It amuses me that an often hotly debated topic is: phonics Vs sight words. Unfortunately it’s not all about you, phonics either! To teach children to read, it has been scientifically proven, that the following five components are a must:
1. Vocabulary – (sight words, contextual words)
2. Phonemic Awareness – the ability to hear and manipulate sound (listening and speaking)
3. Phonics – the ability to write letters and letter groups to match sounds
4. Fluency (hence my strategy, tell them the word and move on – and then come back at the end of the reading to decode the word and make connections); and
The above components are not ranked in importance – they share equal status. However, if number 5 is absent, there is NO READING!!! Reading is about meaning and understanding.
Whilst at BORN2READ, I wholeheartedly embrace the above five components. They are evident in all our programs and guide the development of our resources. And as always, I am more than happy to walk you through our BORN2READ materials and explain how the above five are evident.
But at BORN2READ, I like to add an additional element, okay, make that two.
Seriously, why bother working so hard, if it isn’t enjoyable and engaging? Where’s the fun in that?
Until next time,