Category: Phonics

How to Teach Phonics (Part II)

In two previous articles, we have explored the question: What is the classical approach to phonics? I have shown that Orton-Gillingham phonics, which is designed for students with dyslexia, is in every respect a classic traditional phonics program. I have also shown that Romalda Spalding, in The Writing Road to Reading (WRTR), though she used the Orton phonograms, created a totally different …

How to Teach Phonics (And How Not To)

In the Summer 2014 Classical Teacher, I wrote an extensive article exploring the question, “What is the Classical Approach to Phonics?” The contention of that article was that there are two basic approaches to phonics in the classical education world: the traditional method and the Spalding method. The Spalding method is based on the book The Writing Road to Reading (WRTR), …

This History of Phonics

People who pay attention to education know that the question of how to teach children to read is a controversial one. But what they may not know is that it only became controversial relatively late, historically speaking. There was a time when there was no phonetic alphabet as we know it. Written language, in fact, …

Why First Start Reading?

First Start Reading is Memoria Press’ new phonics program that covers the kindergarten phonics we teach at Highlands Latin School. After completing First Start Reading, our first and second graders continue with Classical Phonics and Core Skills Phonics. So why another phonics program? Let’s face it. There are so many phonics programs out there that finding one is not the real …