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.
Have you seen the short TED-Ed lesson, “Making Sense of Spelling”? It's great! Who knew that an onion could teach us so much? My mentor, Myrna McCulloch (founder of the Riggs Institute), did.
One of the things I love about teaching students with McCulloch's program is that it takes my students way beyond phonics.