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A recommended intensive phonics curriculum

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

I started my Blend Phonics web site back in 2007 when I began using Hazel Loring’s 1980 Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics for First Grade with my tutoring students. Reading Made Easy with Blend Phonics for First Grade interested me for several reasons: It was free. It was very simple to teach and learn. […]

New Edition of Webster Speller by Don Potter

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Don Potter just published a new edition of Webster’s 1908 Elementary Spelling Book. His title better reflects the true nature of the book, Noah Webster’s Spelling Book Method for Teaching Reading and Spelling. He has spent years investigating how the syllabary was used to teach reading and spelling and has been using it lately with […]

Intensive Phonics with Blumenfeld

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Post by Homeschooling with the Trivium.

Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s Phonics Readers

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s Phonics Readers Authored by Donald L. Potter The First Readers Anthology is a collection of phonics readers (phonetically decodable texts) that were originally published in 1997 as eleven individually stapled booklets to be used with popular Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics Reading Primer. The reading levels progress from beginning to upper elementary, virtually covering all […]

Psalms Reader

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Dear Harvey and Laurie, I just published my Psalms Reader with CreateSpace. The book contains 90 Psalms from the 1650 Scottish Psalter that I felt were appropriate for little children. I did not include the Imprecatory Psalms. All the polysyllables are divided into syllables. The design of the book is to help students improve reading […]

Phonics for Dyslexia?

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I came across your web page after searching for inductive/deductive reasoning. After putting off I have finally taken that English course I so very much need. I have put it off for so many years due to Dyslexia. It makes the written word an intimidating task. I am 40 years old and even writing a […]

Whole-Language and Logic/Rhetoric

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

From Don Potter Here is a pretty good analysis of Ken Goodman’s whole-language method of teaching reading. The author of the article considers both Goodman’s logic and rhetoric. It would make a good exercise for advanced students of logic with an interest in reading instruction. My school district spent $2.5 million for 57 teachers to […]

Teaching Intensive Phonics

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I was wondering if you would post this so I could get some opinions on the different programs that use the Spalding method. I have the book The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Spalding. I also have TATRAS by Frank Rogers. I am interested in knowing if anyone has used Phonics for Reading and […]

Octavio Reads With Phonics

Monday, December 17th, 2007

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Message From Don Potter of Phonics-First

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Dear Friends of Phonics-First, I have just published a newly formatted (easier-to-read, faster-download) edition of Raymond Laurita’s insightful and invaluable essay, “Understanding the Significance of the Individual Letters of the Alphabet in the Development of Full Literacy.” It took me many years to fully realize the negative impact of teaching sight-words as wholes in kindergarten […]


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