This blog post is the next in a series written by Marlin Detweiler to explain the Veritas Approach to subjects in your child's Classical education. We invite you to read the entire series as we publish it each week on our blog in the coming months. If after reading the post you find you have any questions, please contact our service department for more information.
Learning to read is foundational, and it may be the most important educational skill a child will ever learn. How children learn to read will set a trajectory for life. Many adults attribute much of their success and enjoyment in life to their reading. It is important to inculcate not just skill at reading but also the love of reading. At Veritas we believe that a phonetic approach is the way a child should be taught to read. The process should also be fun. We want to capture children’s imaginations and enjoyment.
English is not like Chinese, where a child needs to learn a character for every word. Instead, English allows children to recognize and associate sounds of letters in the alphabet. They can decode or sound out words. Once a child masters letter sounds and sounds of blends they will be able to sound out any word they encounter.
We mentioned fun earlier. This is important. Some programs that teach reading phonetically require that children apply analytical skills as they learn to read. Linguists may enjoy such study, but not children. They want to read and want to do so as quickly as they can. Children this age are not developmentally ready to analyze. We believe that learning to read should be fun and efficient. It should cause children to ask for more. Books should become some of their best friends.
This is why our Phonics Museum includes readers, games, drills, and music. It is offered as an app and as a traditional workbook, hands-on approach. Both have been remarkably successful alone, but it’s ideal to use them together.
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