Balanced Literacy: The Solution or Just Another Formula?

So I heard a new term today: ‘balanced literacy’. I was told it was the truce between those fighting for phonics and those fighting for whole language for reading instruction. I decided to investigate. First, some definitions: Literacy: In this context, the meaning of literacy…

Gross Motor ABCs

I recently read a tip that said to help children write the letters correctly (and not reverse them) to use gross motor activities for writing the letters. Gross motor movements will be easier and I suppose any practice is good practice! Today we made letters…

Ladder Phonics

I read about ladder phonics on a homeschool forum and thought it might be fun to give a try as another way to review our smooth phonics skills on the words we are learning from Alphabet Island. The idea, is that you draw a ladder…

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