Teach Kids to Love Books With Real Literature!
Whole Language "The biggest arguments tend to be focused on student interest. Whole Language proponents claim that we may be doing more harm than good when we force our children to learn systematically and intensively with workbooks and basal readers. BORING!!! "
Whole Language as I was taught has at its core, the five component of all best practice reading philosophies. The focus was to use real literature to get to your goal of Literacy. Start with Dr. Seuss (In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring.) and move forward, but if you have 70% of 4th graders not reading at grade level you cant just do more of the same.
PHONEMIC AWARENESS—The knowledge and manipulation of sounds in spoken words.
PHONICS—The relationship between written and spoken letters and sounds.
READING FLUENCY, INCLUDING ORAL READING SKILLS—The ability to read with accuracy, and with appropriate rate, expression, and phrasing.
VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT—The knowledge of words, their definitions, and context.
READING COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES—The understanding of meaning in text.
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