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Littles say the funniest things. The other day I asked “What’s your Mommy’s name?” Reply- Mommy.” Get what you ask for, right?

Childhood is a precious time. What’s the rush?

I’m back at school, year two, one week in, hired under a Literacy Grant, a good thing and not so good. What’s great is I have an opportunity to fine-tune teaching littlest learners, emergent readers. I was really winging it last year.

Students who returned are lots bigger, now the “biggers”, having moved up the ladder.

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Little one loves to read

First, a brief historical perspective. Best ways to teach reading to children (and adults) have been debated for over a hundred years. Cracking the code continues to be studied and discussed. I learned to read with Dick and Jane. Technology has vastly improved learning opportunities, but I do not believe in learning to read on a screen.

There is no one perfect method, or pedagogy, no one program that teaches everyone to read. Reading programs come and go, skills remain the same.

As early as 1955, Rudolph Flesch initiated a campaign against children being taught to read with look-say (whole word) methods. He advocated phonics, or word part instruction.

Look-say, a whole language technique ruled in 1967 when researcher Jeanne Chall wrote her classic Learning to Read: The Great Debate.  Educators at that time were pretty equally divided into two camps: whole language methods (whole word) or the code emphasis, phonics. Hopefully, both methods were used in tandem.

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Santa wants you to know what a phoneme is. I just got back from Morgan's preschool recital. It was great fun watching these toddlers singing, ringing bells and tap dancing. Morgan showed her "moves" and this year managed to stay on stage looking pretty much with the action. How cool that they learned the words to the movie Frozen and holiday songs. Too cute for words. Left footprints on this nana's heart.

Morgan is the reason I made the move to Eugene. Of my five grandchildren, she lives only twenty minutes away, not ten hours anymore. So we spend a lot of time together, reading, doing crafts, singing, dancing and moving. We do look at YouTube, matching our books with online stories like Stellaluna, Caps for Sale and singing along to Alice the Camel and Herman the Worm. We've looked at Tiny Hamsters and Komodo Dragons, and other topics that interest her vivid imagination. Her mom takes her to the library and Daddy reads bedtime stories to her, too, so she already has a great start in reading. Her mom also put labels all over the house, such as COUCH, etc.

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