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Monday, April 26, 2010

Silent E at the End


I can remember learning Phonics. At the time, I didn't like it . . . like most kids at that time. However as a teacher I came to understand the value of Phonics . . . those who had been taught Phonics were very good at decoding words. Their word attack skills were great. The non-Phonics students, which now seems close to 100% had horrible word attack skills.

When asked to look up a word they couldn't spell, the "phonics" had a clue but the non-phonics were literally without a clue.


Now, you ask me why,, after retiring in 2006 this Silent E phenomenon has played a very important part of my life. Yesterday hit dawned on me that the only two men in my life I have/had ever loved both had the Silent E on their names.

WOW! That totally blew my mind. Maybe that was the meaning of the dream I wrote about earlier. Hum . . . . might just be.

Signed,
I Before E, Except After C

3 comments:

  1. Did you have a fav phonics curriculum?

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  2. I never had a chance too teach phonics . . . when I was in a school that taught it, I waa in another subject area . . . but when I taugh science I knew it had been missing in the curriculum . . . kids would just sit there and look at words . . if I asked them to try to sound out the word, they had no idea how to do it . . . so sad . .the move ins who had had phonics just busted through the reading and those who had done base and root word activities could figure out so mush on their own.

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  3. wow, i missed this post somehow until this morning. i was always good in math, spelling and reading, which looking back were the most important ones for living in the world after.

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