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ERIC Number: ED260413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Writing before Reading.
Connell, Donna Reid
An informal field study to design a system of beginning writing for the prefirst-grade child is presented in this paper, following a review of the literature. A series of questions are then raised regarding what letter form should be taught first, how letters should be grouped for instruction, and what verbal references should be used for beginners. The paper then lists two objectives leading toward the major goal of designing a program to teach children to write before they can read: teaching them to make the author's modified italic alphabet and teaching them to associate each alphabet letter with its major speech sound in English rather than its alphabet name. Next, the paper discusses the sequence for teaching letters and curves, and experiences in teaching alphabet writing. Finally, the paper describes a comparative study, which tested children taught with the author's write-to-read program in l974-75, and concludes that teaching writing shows promise as an effective way to promote reading readiness in kindergarten. Graphics illustrating the text are included. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference for the Council for Exceptional Children (63rd, Anaheim, CA, April 15-19, 1985).