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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 […]

Teaching Spanish Phonics

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Dear Bluedorn Family, I am writing from Spain. Sorry for my English — it’s not very good, but I hope you understand me. Congratulations for your web page, it is really very interesting, and in my country it is very difficult to find a similar page because homeschooling it is not very common in my […]

Don Potter and Intensive Phonics

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

There are four new documents on the Don Potter web site. 1. Analysis of the 1979 Open Court Headway Program. This is the first part of a comparative study of the old and the new Open Court programs that I am preparing. They are vastly different. 2. No-Frills, easy to read edition of Webster’s 1824 […]

The Phonics Page

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Dear Bluedorns, I’ve recently completed a draft version of my Spelling Lessons. I’m hoping you can share these lessons and a request for feedback with your e-mail group. There are 5 lessons, each under 30 minutes long. They are free, but you need to download a QuickTime player to be able to see them. They […]

Taking the Mystery Out of Teaching Reading in 6 Easy Steps

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Dear Laurie, I just wanted to let you know that I have a new book out printed by XL Group called Taking the Mystery Out of Teaching Reading in 6 Easy Steps. It is not a reading curriculum. It explains the process of teaching reading in 6 easy steps. It is only about 20 pages […]

New Spell to Write and Read DVD

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

The DVD, You CAN Do It! – Spell to Write and Read, features endorsed SWR trainer Britta McColl teaching her own children in her home with SWR. Spell to Write and Read is an intensive phonics curriculum written by Wanda Sanseri.

A Review of Glenn Doman and his Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Dear Laurie, My son … is only 2 years old. Before I knew about classical education I was using the programs of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, where Glenn Doman is the director, to teach … to read, […]


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