Sunday, June 13, 2021

'End the bickering on how to teach' Dr. Sam Bommarito


Dr. Sam Bommarito article here is worth reading.

Here is part of a paragraph from his article.

There is no one size fits all answer when it comes to teaching reading. What works with one child/group of children, does not always work with another. If all sides in the dialogue about how to best teach reading would be willing to admit that their favorite method(s) have limits and limitations and that they could sometimes use a little help from methods they usually don’t use, I think the current dialogue around how to teach reading could become more productive. There are a number of things we can and should do to end the bickering (as opposed to dialogue) that has all too often dominated our conversations about reading.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Lesson 23 - Word family 'ip'


For those who are new to my YouTube channel, please read the preface and notes in this blog. 

 Here is the YouTube video link for lesson 23. 

For those who cannot access the YouTube channel here is a link to my video.


Friday, March 12, 2021

Lesson 21 - word family 'ell'


Teach your child the word family 'ell'. 

With this family word your child should be encouraged to read new words containing the word family 'ell'. Please refer to lesson 20 which describes how to teach new words.

Here is a link to my YouTube channel. 

For those unable to access YouTube here is a video link.





Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lesson 20 - word family 'ee'.


Teach your child to learn to read new words using all the word families we have learned to-date.

Here is the link to my YouTube video for lesson 20. 


For those who cannot access YouTube here is a video link.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lesson 18 - ay


Digraphs can include a combination of consonants or vowels.

The combination 'ay' is a digraph.  

Friday, January 1, 2021

Orthographic memory Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham (part 4)

The following is from the conversation between Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham.

Sight words or one that has been memorized based on its shape vs the word that has been orthographically mapped. Because I see in many classroom teachers sending home Dolch words and expect kids to memorise them. Let us talk about why that is not the best approach and how memorizing a word is different from mapping it orthographically in your brain (Kathryn Garforth).

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘How we remember words…’ (David Kilpatrick)


Today, 29.12.2020, I listened to a YouTube video post by WalshUniversity Literacy Initiative on Dr.Kilpatrick’s talk re: "How We Remember Words, and Why Some Children Don't"

I decided to ask a question as follows and hope to receive a response.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Orthographic Mapping – ‘A’ for apple. – Kathryn and Jenifer conversation (Part 3)

Somehow NONSENSE makes a lot of sense to most of the people around the world.

Let us look at the absurdity of the following statements by the two ‘educators’.

‘A’ stands for apple but changes a little bit depending on the letters before it or after it. So, it doesn’t sound exactly the same. The idea of a phoneme is a construct that is not true. (Dr. Kathryn Garforth)

It’s a simplification to think about phonemes as having a single sound, however our brains are able to cope with that slight variability in that co-articulation that happens according to the consonant or vowel that’s on the other side. (Jennifer Buckingham)

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Orthographic Mapping – Kathryn and Jenifer conversation (Part 2)

The following are statements made by Jennifer Buckingham on the conversation between Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham found here.

Blending the speech sounds is not easy for every child – to take those speech sounds and put them together so that they make a recognizable word.

GPC’s (Grapheme Phoneme correspondences) must be learned to a level of automaticity so that blending can happen.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Orthographic mapping – Live conversation - Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham


On 22.12.2020 I listened to the live conversation between Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham. I asked 3 questions of which 2 were answered. The third one was left out due to time constraint.

From the conversation it is obvious that both these ‘educators’ do not know much about Orthographic Mapping other than what they have memorized from some books.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

The solution to kids shutting down is at contention – Pat Stone


Here is the continuation of my Twitter discussion / argument with Pat Stone.

I have maintained that many smart kids are able to read in Malay and those who go to Chinese schools are able to read in Han Yu Pin Yin (Mandarin written using Roman / Latin letters).

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Visual memorisation misunderstood


From the discussion I had with a number of teachers on Twitter it is obvious that both a majority of phonics as well as whole language proponents are not aware that we don’t store words visually.

Here are some tweets on visual memorisation between Erin Harrington and me.