Reply to Phonics
Sun Oct 16, 2011 21:14

Like you, I was taught using the whole language approach at school. I remember having to make all these booklets and write all these creative stories. I don't remember much about phonics being explicitly taught. However, my mom was wonderful. She was a stay-at-home mother and I remember her giving me "pretend spelling tests" just because I begged her to do it. We were always playing Scrabble, making up rhymes, and I even remember her encouraging inventive spelling in my early years. She also bought me an electronic speller that had all sorts of word games on it. I think most of my success with reading, writing and spelling has to be attributed to my mom.

  • Phonics - simmonskn, Sat Oct 15 14:16
    I thought that the article was interesting. It discussion many different kinds of instruction and I had heard about each one, but not in that much detail. I grew up learning whole language. I... more
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    • Re: Phonics - Jennifer Wherritt Ridenhour, Sat Oct 15 16:18
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