ERIC Number: ED485085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-6
Children Are Best Taught How to Read by Learning Sounds of Letters
Holten, Anita J.
National Right to Read Foundation
Dr. Seuss wrote in "Horton Hears a Who," "Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person no matter how small." What a beautiful, encouraging message this is to his readers. Millions of children can't figure out the words on the pages of their books, because they don't know the speech sounds of the alphabet. This is called the alphabetic code. These children feel great sadness and shame. They struggle to not give up as they come to realize their future depends on their ability to read. Reading walls seem to be towering over them and, sadly, they can't climb over them without key reading skills.
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Phonics, Beginning Reading, Phonemes, Teaching Methods, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence
National Right to Read Foundation, P.O. Box 685, Manassas Park, VA 20113. Web site:http:// www.nrrf.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: National Right to Read Foundation, Manassas, VA.