What do you believe about the teaching of reading?
I have spent my entire career trying to figure this out. Through all the years of being the mother of a sweet little boy that struggled to read, as an elementary teacher, a special educator, and now as a literacy specialist.
My struggling reader needed help decoding words. It took a long time for him to understand that letters had sounds. A multi-sensory approach helped him to learn to decode.
But, that didn't make him a reader. He finally fell in love with reading when he was 15. We found a series that caught his interest.
So, here are a few things that I believe:
Reading is about meaning, not just decoding words.
Some kids need extra phonics instruction in order to decode words.
We have to find books that kids will read and enjoy.
Others can fight reading wars, but I will do whatever it takes to grow readers. Phonics or the ways of Marie Clay-I believe that we must meet the needs of students.
Once my son became a reader, he became more successful at school. He went on to graduate college. It was a very long journey, but well worth every step!