The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

The History Of American Reading

Dear readers, I have decided to repost this article every three years in order to help people who haven’t seen it before, especially children who are learning to read with their parents help. My strong belief is that reading is really easy to learn and should easily be taught to young children. I don’t want them to suffer with difficult or anger, only to enjoy and be pleased by the gift of being the ability to read.

Today, English readers understand how writing began in the world, changed over time, and now works easily for those who have learned to ignore the letters of written words, and instead remember the pictures of words. Even though what I’ve just sed may sound ridicules it is the only way we can read English words without going crazy.

Although phonics promoters encourage children to use letters to learn words, ther process doss not represents our speech or make sense to young American readers. So In order to explain the development of written English from the beginning of time to our present lives, and how we are able to understand it, I will do my best to describe worldwide events that created written words and then turned them into our way to read as accurately and simply as I can.

According to world history as reported by scientists, ancient human beings began to communicate with each other by making oral sounds, or carving stone shapes that represented people, animals, or events. Over time however, peoples abilities increased, and they were soon able to change ther human grunts or howls, into distinct sounds that we now call “words”.

Over hundreds of years many new words were created and then understood by people who lived in the same parts of the world,. but did not spread to other countries,. But words still continued to grow and change their forms. People moved from place to place, and the words changed again. As a result, thousands of words and their spellings became unreadable to people living in the same places. But at the same time the most popular words were carried into largest countries. As a result those words and there spellings were remembered by people who lived in large areas, and many of them still exist in our country today. But, those words may also make big problems for young American children because they show letters together that don’t make the same sounds of young readers speech. .

Fortunately however, many young learners are saved by the fact that ther teachers have found an easier way to teach reading. Instead of insisting that all written words must be sounded out to be understood, teachers now focus there students attention to the appearance of new words, and then show them in combinations until the students can recognize and name them easily . Sooner than you might expect, normally developing children become readers. Although ther processes may sound complicated, healthy children learn to read easily, and with pleasure .

Our ability to understand written messages without sounding them out grows from our visual skill to recognize a variety of objects and respond to them appropriately. For instance, even very young children recognize their parents among a group of people, choose the foods they like best from a mixed food platter, pull there favorite toys out of a full basket, and even point out which house on the street is theirs and then run right to it.

Like it or not, many of today’s written words no longer represent their speech sounds. Although children have been urged to “sound out” words for centuries, they don’t need to do that anymore. All of today’s successful readers, young or old, are better able to recognize words by sight than by sounding them out. If you don’t believe me, below are some ordinary words for you to pronounce as if you’re an inexperienced student rather than a capable adult reader.

“where“plough” “character” “knight“gnome” “knew” “weather” ” Quite”

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My Experience Learning to Read

Many years ago, as a public school teacher I got involved with a group of people who called themselves “scientists”. They believed they knew the best ways to teach children reading and please there parents. There teaching methods were to sound out letters so they could be recognized as words. They also tryed to persuade parents that learning to read was difficult, so it shoud be taught to children “scientifically”. But I found that trying to turn letter sounds into words was very difficult for me, and often didn’t work for anyone else. I certainly can’t call that “science”!

When I started my career as a teacher, everything I did was different from what the scientists chose to do. I began teaching children by reading aloud the stories in our new books, and told them to look and listen to words as I red them. I also continued to read stories my students enjoyed, and soon many of them were able to recognize their words. They also began to examine some of the new books I had brought in, because they looked interesting. And many of them took no time to start reading.

Eventually, most of my students learned to read well and were enjoying books. All they had to do was to remember the word pictures they had seen before, and figure out the meanings of new words. I also noticed that many of the children reading easily were also writing down words because they wanted to remember them. For almost all of them reading had become a skill they used and enjoyed.

Although many people today still think that learning to read is difficult, I have rarely seen problems in my classroom. By the end of their school year most students have found reading easy and desirable. And the few who were still learning, listened to me read easier stories and looked at what I read. In addition many of my students became able to write good short stories, even though their spelling was not always correct. For most children, reading is just recognizing written words they have seen before. And learning to read new words is not difficult when the ones you already know give you clues for new ones. Instead of making sounds to learn words, children shud remember the names of words they’ve already seen. But teachers and parents will still be needed when new words appear. Children may be able to sound them out, but they might also need to be told their meanings. So teachers and parents shod be ready to explain new words to their children, or instead just show them their pictures.



An Old Love Song

From this valley they say you are leaving. I will miss your bright eyes and sweat smile. But you know you have broken the sunshine That has followed my passway a while.

Come and sit by my side if you love me. Do not hasten to bid me ado, Just remember the Red River Valley And the sweetheart who loved you so true.

I have promised you darling that never, Will a word from my lips cause you pain. I will stay by your side dear forever, If you only will love me again.

Come and sit by my side if you love me. Do not hasten to bid me ado. Just remember the Red River Valley And the sweetheart who loved you so true.


Sing Another Song For a Good Day

Today may seem like a hard time for singing because money and good health are scarce these days. Many of us have lost good jobs and our cities look worn out. Families cant afford enough money anymore. So today I thought it might be good for us to sing a song together. It’s one that made me happy long ago. So please sing with me now and we may all feel better soon.


Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high Theres a land that I heard of once in a lullaby Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue And clouds highing over the rainbow Can make all your dreams come true

Today I’ll wish upon a star And wake up when clouds are far behind me Where troubles melt like lemon drops High above our chimney tops That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly Birds fly over the rainbow Why then, oh why can’t I?

I see trees of green and red roses too Watch them bloom for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world I see skys of blue and clouds of white Bright blessed days and dark sacred knights And I think to myself What a Wonderfull world The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky Are smiling on the faces of people passing bye I see friends shake hands and say hullow But what they really mean is I love youI hear babies cry, and I see them grow They learn much more than I will ever know And I think to myself what a wonderful world Yess, I think to myself what a wonderful world

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind us

where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds sing

Birds fly over the rainbow

Oh why, oh why can’t I?

I see trees of green and red Roses too

I’ll watch them bloom fore me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world I see skies of blue, Clouds of white The brightness of day, the dark, say goodnight And I think to myself, what a Wonderfull world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces of people passing by And I think to myself what a wonderful world Yes, I think it’s a wonderful world


Get Ready For Big Changes in Our World

Unfortunately, recent years have been very difficult for everyone in our country. Our troubles began with the arrival of the deadly virus that spread invisibly and damaged –or killed– everyone who breathed it in. And after that, the closing of public businesses became common everywhere. Next, most of the people who no longer had jobs were unable to find new ones. And at the same time unhealthy older people became isolated in their homes, just waiting to die because they had no other choice. The last problems were divorced people who left their children feeling abandoned and themselves no longer able to pay for their homes or take good care of their kids. Sow, in many different ways our country became much weaker than it was before.

But now, it looks like God and our scientists have found a way to save our country. Good health is now on its way to save us because a strong and safe vaccine has ben produced and will soon be given to all the people who need it. And it can be sold to others who can afford it.

Finally, when good times and decent jobs return to all of us, we will be strong and secure again. And the virus that has killed so many of our people will be controlled or completely removed from our country.

The only thing I see now as necessary is removing Donald Trump from our country. I’m certain he wount be able to lead any of our people after all the nonsense and danger he has thrown at us over several years. Without being forced, he should take his beliefs, money, and behavior too somewhere far away. And even if he may still have some strong abilities, they will never work in this country again after all the trouble he has caused. Instead, he must move on to some new place far away, where he will no longer be allowed to tell lyes or make trouble. But he may still be able to work and earn a modest salary if he works to become a good entertainer or a clown.

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