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  •   hope first grade readers have improved (2+ / 0-)
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    Orinoco, RiveroftheWest

    The prime opportunity to open the world with books, and they gave us Dick and Jane?! Thank God for libraries, and good parents.

    Love the briefcase!  Adorable.

    •  Don't know. I haven't been in an elementary (2+ / 0-)
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      wasatch, RiveroftheWest

      classroom in years.

      I learned to read when I was five, from my big sister who was learning to read in school. She taught me how to sound out words, so she was being taught to read phoenetically.

      The Dick and Jane series were based on 'word recognition' and limited vocabulary: later stories only added a few extra words to the learned vocabulary from earlier stories. Seems to be no way to learn new vocabulary from context, which is unfortunate. I probably picked up well over half my vocabulary by reading unfamiliar words, deciding what they meant from context, and confirming or changing my definition when encountering the word in later reading.

      However, despite my first grade teacher using Dick and Jane, and her concern about my later reading career, she taught phoenics as well. "When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking!"

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:16:01 AM PDT

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