phonics

"If You've Lost All Hope" — Ivan's Story

When Ivan was in the middle of second grade, his mother dragged him into my office at the Riggs Institute’s little learning center. Head down, Ivan refused to look at me as his mother spoke of her concerns. “Ivan is two years behind in reading skills,” she said, “and none of his teachers have been able to help him. They think he has a learning disorder; the school wants him tested. But. . . . "

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Are Your Students Practicing Without Understanding?

Many beginning and remedial readers are being asked to complete “learning activities” without being told how they will be helped by them. This is a problem.

In order to read efficiently, explains Dr. Hilde Mosse in her Complete Handbook of Children’s Reading Disorders, students must understand what they are supposed to be learning. Do yours? 

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Teach Phonics Like You Are Coaching Champions

Many teachers of beginning and struggling readers do not realize that the activities they've been told to use will create students who continue to struggle.

Having been mislead into teaching phonics and other decoding skills from worksheets (a recipe for failure), these teachers pass out worksheets throughout the day. They have never been shown how to create champions.

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Skill-Building Activities

If you’ve been told that your school is using the Riggs program for reading instruction, you may wonder how anyone can teach phonics for the recommended 2.5 hours a day. But Riggs is not a phonics program. It’s a finely-sequenced, comprehensive, language arts program that starts with the basics of letter-formation, spelling patterns, blending, and syllabication, yes, but it teaches much more.

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Using Riggs Lessons to Establish a Sight Vocabulary

In a Riggs classroom, students build knowledge on knowledge, skill on skill, and success on success, so Riggs students do not read books, sentences, or words before they have learned the alphabetic principle, and they are never asked to use whole-word memorization techniques when learning

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