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Effectively Teaching Children to Read
The entire state of California is dumping whole language (look-say) as a reading instruction method wholesale, (see Teaching Reading for more on that), and other states are following in their wake. The debate continues to rage, and this nice collection of newspaper and research articles on the value of phonics instruction, and the damage caused by whole language, is a helpful reference.
National Right to Read Foundation
Improving literacy through phonics and good literature. One of the major proponents of providing reading instruction which follows scientifically based reading research (phonics). Their website is a wealth of information; be sure not to miss their Phonics Products for Home, any of which can be used to successfully teach children phonics.
Learn to read English with phonics from the 19th century Watson’s Graphic Speller. The entire book is online. Be sure to read Message to Instructors before beginning if this will be your primary phonics and spelling program used in school. Even if not, the Message to Instructors contains great advice for teaching by rote and drill, so necessary to a grammar stage classical education.
A non-profit agency training teachers, parents, and tutors to teach phonics and letter formation (penmanship). Besides their many helpful articles on teaching reading, phonics, penmanship, and preventing learning disabilities, they publish excellent resources homeschool parents can use to teach grammar (orthography, etymology, and syntax) to their children.
Spaulding Education Foundation
The official web home of Romalda Spaulding’s method of orthography instruction, *the* best and most comprehensive method for covering all the basics in orthography, teaching your children to read and spell using phonics, and provide excellent penmanship instruction, in my opinion.