What Works in Teaching Children to Read: Whole Language or or Phonics?
There’s a hybrid approach and I think that’s the best option and the most effective way to teach children to read. I think that the phonics-based program it’s not good enough and it was proven that kids who learn to read using only this program read slower and understand less than the kids that learn to read using the blended method. I know this because the teachers at the school where my son goes use the phonics method and he’s still having problems with reading. I got him some worksheets from 99worksheets.com and we’re learning a lot at home too, but as soon as possible we want to find a teacher that uses the hybrid approach.
“Whole language” is embraced by some, cursed by many. For whom is it appropriate and for whom is it inappropriate? (Is it possible to tell in advance for whom it will work or won’t work?) – David E. Rubin, MD, Medical director of Laboratory, Saint Anthony Community Hospital Reid Lyon Answers It is unfortunate that the debates surrounding whole language versus phonics continues to detract from the critical issue – what instructional approaches, strategies, and programs are most beneficial for which kids at which phases or reading development? We are trying to help people move away from simplistic dichotomies like phonics versus whole language by ensuring that they fully understand: (1) what it takes for kids (and adults) TO LEARN TO READ; (2) WHY SOME KIDS HAVE DIFFICULTIES; and (3) how can we prevent and remediate reading failure. To answer these questions, we have to go to the converging scientific evidence. This is what the conclusions are at this time. Learning to read is an extreme