The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

A New Message to Phonics Friends

on March 5, 2020

Last week I attended an afternoon Jewish event where we sang Hebrew songs. Looking at the book we were given I was able to read words that had no vowels, even though Jewish print excludes letters when they are too large for the page. Nevertheless, adults and older children are able to read them without any trouble.

That experience reminded me that readers don’t need to sound out all the letters of words. They can recognize words right away from experience. So, today I want to remind you that learning to read is not a difficult job. All it requires are frequent visual encounters with words. When we teach reading by having children look at written words when they are singing, playing games, or reciting poems, they quickly learn how to read. Just try that, and you will be convinced.


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