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What is Structured Phonics versus Whole Language?

What is Structured Phonics vs. Whole Language There has been a long-lasting debate among academics regarding the most effective method in teaching students how to read. The dispute between believers in structured phonics verses those in support of the whole language approach began as early as the 1820’s and culminated in the United States in […]

What is Phonemic Awareness?

What is Phonemic Awareness? Beginning the learning process of reading can be quite a difficult undertaking. When we think of new readers and how they learn, we usually picture children’s stories and the alphabet, but whether the beginner is a child or an adult that never acquired the necessary skills, the first step towards success […]

What is Visual Memory?

What is Visual Memory? Memory is the general process by which knowledge is encoded, stored, and later retrieved within the brain. More specifically, visual memory involves the ability to store and retrieve previously experienced imagery obtained by the optical nerve (sensations/ perceptions) when the original input or stimulus of the imagery is no longer available […]

What is Encoding versus Decoding?

The Essentials of Encoding and Decoding Communication is the essence of interaction for the majority of living things – animals, but especially humans, rely on the ability to communicate through various forms. The process of communication requires a sender and a receiver of a message or signal, and it cannot be better emulated than through […]

What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes an individual to have difficulty when reading. A common misconception is that a person with dyslexia sees letters that are switched around or backwards – while this is true for some dyslexics, not every person with dyslexia experiences the same symptoms and difficulties with reading. […]

The Schwa – or the lightly pronounced unaccented vowel sound

What is the Schwa? Now that students have learned about multiple syllable words and syllable division with a variety of endings, they will be introduced to the ‘schwa’. The schwa is a lightly pronounced unaccented vowel sound that sounds like /u/ rather than the vowel saying its name or sound, and the ‘schwa’ is represented […]

‘-ER’ and ‘-EST’ Endings

‘-ER’ and ‘-EST’ Endings An inflectional ending is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. They have spelling and pronunciation rules that are very helpful for a developing reader to learn. The fourth and final inflectional ending we teach is the ‘er/est’ ending. These endings are added […]

‘-S/ES’ Ending

‘-S/ES’ Endings The English language has a number of inflectional endings, which are groups of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. They have spelling and pronunciation rules that are helpful for a developing reader to know. The third ending we teach is the ‘s/es’ ending, which is used to […]

‘-ING’ Endings

‘-ING’ Endings The English language has a number of inflectional endings, which are groups of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning. They have spelling and pronunciation rules that are helpful for a developing reader to know. The second ending we teach is the ‘ing’ ending, which is used to […]

The ‘-ED’ Endings

‘-ED’ Endings The English language has a number of inflectional endings- these endings are groups of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning, or more specifically, assign it a particular grammatical property. They have spelling and pronunciation rules that are helpful for a developing reader to know. The first ending […]