When I was a senior in high school, I took a 4th-year, college-level Spanish
course. The instructor of the class — who was a native speaker —
asked me to read a section of the book from which were studying. I read two
paragraphs and when I completed them she said, "Excellent. Now, tell the
class in English what you just read."When I told her I
didn't understand much of it, her reply was, "How can pronounce every
word perfectly and not understand what you have read?"I shrugged
my shoulders and said, "I was taught how to read using phonics.""But you learned English phonics!" To which I replied, "Yes,
but the skill transferred over. I just had to learn how to pronounce a few words
in Spanish and I was on my way."I will be forever grateful to
the teacher in Arizona who taught me phonics. Though she only had me for half of
a school year (first grade), it changed my life.
Phonics-based beginner books that don’t have soul-killing artwork are
impossible to find. I hope these books find enough success to begin a revival of
the traditional ways of teaching. I hope they convince publishers to pick up on
the trend. I know so many parents who put in honest hard work with
their children using whole language homework sent home from school and their
second-graders still struggle to read books and certainly are missing out on
prime years of enjoying reading. It’s a broken system, and these Dash
books, in their simple beauty, are a miracle. I’m a Home
Education consultant and I just spent the afternoon with a client who ended up
buying these after we looked at a dozen other systems.
This story has so many things to like. I have tremendous respect for
those willing to buck the system, to disagree with the "experts" and
confidently pursue their own path.Amelia Murdock and Ashley Imlay:
The only problem with phonics is that the English language is not completely
phonic. There are words like to, too, and two which are pronounced the same but
spelled differently. If English was phonic like German, you would know how to
pronounce the words by the way it is spelled. Learning to read English requires
recognition of those words that are not phonic.
A century ago there was little illiteracy in the US as phonetics was taught. In
the past few decades not and now 40% or so of high school students do not read
at acceptable levels. Phonics will help a young person to read much sooner.
This is a great article.
These books are so beautiful!! I’ve been following her series on Instagram
and seen so many other parents having success with these sweet and educational
Wow, looks fantastic!
Phonics is the best way to learn to read. My second son had a set of black
and white booklets in first grade that were phonics based. He learned to read
more quickly than his other 3 siblings learned. Great idea to
have these books. They will be greatly appreciated by parents who are trying
to heal their children learn to read.
These books are beautiful, charming, and require decoding rather than
guessing.....Thank-you so very much for creating them! What a great series to
teach reading in a lovely and correct fashion!
Wow, so cool.