Teach your child to read

Jun 24, 2019 by

by Joanne Jacobs –

Teach your child to read this summer, writes linguist John McWhorter in The Atlantic. Using Siegfried Engelmann’s Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, he and his wife spent 20 “joyful” minutes a night showing their then-4-year-old daughter how to sound out words. By Labor Day, she was reading simple books.

Engelmann’s phonics-first method was proven successful in the 1960s in a massive government-sponsored study, Project Follow Through, writes McWhorter. Researchers analyzed nine teaching methods, following children from kindergarten through third grade, he writes. “The most successful approach supplemented basic phonics with a tightly scripted format emphasizing repetition and student participation, often dubbed “direct instruction.”

The approach has worked, especially for low-income black children, “in Houston in the 1970s, and in Baltimore and Milwaukee in the late 1990s to early 2000s,” writes McWhorter. Yet it remains controversial.

continued: Teach your child to read — Joanne Jacobs

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