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Useful introduction to the teaching of spelling using the phonics apparoach,
This review is from: Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's Literacy Crisis (Kindle Edition)
Although Denise Eide's award-winning Uncovering the Logic of English starts with a few pages describing the "Literacy Crisis" in America her book is otherwise entirely relevant to British teachers and parents. Most of us are familiar with simple phonics of the "cat sat on the mat" variety from our own early schooldays. Denise argues that much more intensive phonics teaching can unlock the mysteries of English spelling. It is difficult to dispute her claim that 74 phonograms and 30 spelling rules explain 98% of English words. At first glance her book may seem daunting to parents of children who are struggling with literacy. But the author's clear style, use of examples and systematic introduction of phonograms and rules quickly encourages the reader to try out these strategies. Teachers already using the phonics approach will find it an invaluable reference work. Others who teach phonics to a very basic level only may be inspired to think again!
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