Sunday, January 08, 2006

It's the principles, stupid!

Here Fountas and Pinnell describe the goal of our word study instruction.
The goal in phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction is to help upper elementary students expand the categories (in their head) by making connections among words and drawing out important principles that they know in a deep way.

I'm wondering how much we focus on these principles of phonics, vocabulary, and spelling versus memorizing a list of words for a weekly test?


Carla Gregory said...

Check out the Rewards program Nancy and I are using with our language arts group. It is based on words parts. Our students are having great success with it and we see improvement in sounding out unknown words using the techniques.

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