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ERIC Number: EJ765513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0510
A Unique, Neurologically Integrated Approach Designed to Simultaneously Teach Letter Sounds and Formations
Massengill, Donita; Sundberg, Mary Lou
Reading Improvement, v43 n3 p111-128 Fall 2006
The purpose of this article is to present an integrated alphabetic approach that "simultaneously" teaches letter sounds and formations. We share with you the research that supports this integrated approach and present the procedures to implement this approach. Further, we document the effect of using this new integrated alphabet approach on the accuracy with which students learned to produce letter sounds and formations in two situations: first grade classrooms in a school in a Midwest suburb and in an inner city post-kindergarten summer school. Also, teacher comments and student voices are included. Results show that students who received integrated alphabet instruction reduced their sound and letter formation errors. Also, teachers advocate for one approach that "simultaneously" teaches phonics and handwriting. The findings of this study support the value of employing a methodology that combines instruction in letter sounds and letter formations through a neurologically integrated system. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A