Phonics First – Syllables Always
Between us, we have tutored for over 30 years, tutoring hundreds of students. We have found that phonics-first, no sight words, and syllables always is a powerful combination. We hope to use the power of the 21st century (computers) to unleash the power of the 18th century (teaching reading with Spellers and Syllables.)
Between us, we have tried out scores of different phonics methods. This blog will share what we have learned. We invite you to share your phonics successes, whether you teach 1 or 100.
We dedicate this site to Geraldine E. Rodgers, whose writings helped us clarify our own thinking about phonics and gave us the courage to try syllables on our students.
In March of 2014, I published a paperback edition of Noah Webster’s Spelling Book Method of Teaching Reading and Spelling. This is a beautiful, well bound, and easy-to-read edition.
Noah Webster Society for the Advancement of Literacy in America.
Mrs. Brown and I are considering organizing a society for the advancement of literacy in America. We are especially interested in the practical aspects of advancing the Spelling Book Method of teaching reading and spelling with today’s young students. Our desire is to encourage the use of yesterday’s superior method of teaching reading through spelling in order to advance reading skills in the Twenty-First Century.