Illusory Phonics | kerry.hempenstall@rmit.edu.au (Kerry Hempenstall)

Illusory phonics: Balanced magic

Illusory phonics – simply sprinkle a little phonics into your literature-based program and poof! – your program is balanced.

We know from a strong consensus of research that effective programs include phonics (among other components), so it is tempting to conclude that simply adding some phonics to a list of activities in an existing program will supply some vital catalyzing ingredient, strengthening the existing program, and thereby make it research-based. However, program effectiveness is not ensured solely by the presence of a portion of this…

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