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Old 01-27-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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There has been a whole language VERSUS phonics debate in the education system since whole language as some kind fun special new educational idea came about when my nephew was in grade school about 25 years ago. As I recall it, whole language instruction began as a response to the rule breakers you give examples of. The two factions were so busy proving the superiority of their method, in my opinion, they missed the fact that instructing in both is the best choice.
Teaching both makes sense to me too.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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Teaching both makes sense to me too.
I would put it slightly differently. USING both to teach reading makes sense to me.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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Sight words are very important, but I'm not sure how important they are at 6 months of age. As far as I know this system doesn't spend a lot of time on letter sounds or the alphabet, which is one of the major criticisms. Also the flashcards have pictures on them, so to say that very young children have actually learned the words is a stretch.

It remains my opinion that sitting and reading with your children is going to be more beneficial than plopping them down in front of a video.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:07 PM
 
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There has been a whole language VERSUS phonics debate in the education system since whole language as some kind fun special new educational idea came about when my nephew was in grade school about 25 years ago. As I recall it, whole language instruction began as a response to the rule breakers you give examples of. The two factions were so busy proving the superiority of their method, in my opinion, they missed the fact that instructing in both is the best choice.
I learned to read before school started from my parents reading to me and pointing out the words, and I would then memorize those words and then recognize them when I would see them in other books. So they basically taught me in a quasi-whole language way.

But when I went to school, the school definitely used phonics because I remember the i before e except after c rule being taught, kids being told to sound it out, and plenty of spelling tests. So I already had a foundation of reading from quasi-whole language and the phonics in school helped me apply that foundation to words I hadn't encountered yet. So it would seem to me a combination of the two is preferable. That said, I wonder if my initial solid foundation would have led to me becoming a better writer if my school had encouraged us to write instead of endless phonics drills/spelling tests perhaps curbing my interest in reading/writing a bit.

It would be best if we could determine which is better for each individual child and give each child individualized lessons based on his/her strengths and weaknesses, but the money and resources for that are just not there. So some sort of mixed approach seems to be the least evil solution.
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