I believe Kozloff has been misquoted.
I would be grateful if any of those who have quoted the above to please explain where they got this idea that learning 10 sounds of letters will enable kids to read about 26,000 words (720+ 4320+ 21,600 = 26640 words.)
I am all for phonics but I won't stoop so low and mislead readers.
How can teachers like Emina McLean share such quotes without thinking. How will it affect parents and other teachers?
This is another case of the blind leading the blind.
If you are thinking about numbers, we can think of how many 3, 4, and 5 number combinations we can make but can we apply that to letters and words? Words must have meanings.
Below is a sample list of those who have quoted the above on Twitter without thinking. This confirms what I have been saying for a decade. One person says something and hundreds of others jump on the bandwagon and say it as if it is the Gospel Truth.
Emina McLean @EminaMcLean May 23, 2018
If a child memorises ten words, the child can only read ten words, but if the child learns the sounds of ten letters, the child will be able to read 350 three sound words, 4,320 four sound words and 21,650 five sound words (Kozloff, 2002). #phonics #literacy
Chotte Chanakya @ChanakyaChotte Aug 4, 2021
“If a child memorizes ten words, then the child can read only ten words. But if a child learns the sounds of ten letters, then the child will be able to read #21,650 words. That is the power of phonics”
Ａｌｅｘ Ｆｒａｚｉｅｒ @alex_fraz
Mme Lockhart @MmeLockhartLDSB Nov 13, 2021
Why do I teach phonics to my #FSL Ss? Because teaching letter/sound correspondence will enable them to decode words themselves.
Paul Moss @EDmerger Jun 23, 2020
Excellent by Emina on phonics
‘If a child memorizes ten words, the child can read only ten words, but if the child learns the sounds of ten letters, the child will be able to read 350 three-sound words, 4,320 four-sound words, and 21,650 five-sound words.” (Kozloff, 2002)’
Michael Grabarits @mike_sbsl Jan 20, 2019
Hilderbrand Pelzer III @HP3potential Jun 25, 2020
Mrs. McGee’s 4th Grade @McGee4thITES Apr 16, 2021
Shay Anderson @ShayAndersonMrs Aug 30, 2021
C&I @EASD @CIEASD2 Sep 4, 2019
Sherri Barber @sherri_barber Jun 27, 2020
Hannah @Hannah_R213 Jun 1, 2018
Allison G. @gyrlie7373 Dec 22, 2020
Dyslexia Georgia @DyslexiaGeorgia May 24, 2018
TheLiteracyCorner@Knight @LiteracyCorner Sep 12, 2019