True or False: Children need someone to teach them how to read.
True or False: The elements of written English are the 26 letters of the alphabet.
True or False: Learning how to read means memorizing how thousands of words are spelled.
True or False: Remembering a bunch of rules is essential to understanding phonics.
True or False: “Reading” comprehension is essential for understanding.
False is the correct answer to each of the above, and we have created an app that proves it! In fact, iReadBetter provides children with a fresh, new entry into the demands of written English.
Back in the middle of the 20th century, a brilliant mathematician and educator, Dr. Caleb Gattegno, invented an approach to literacy, through which learners quickly become aware of five amazing facts:
You can teach yourself how to read.
The elements of written English are actually “signs,” which correspond to the forty or so spoken sounds of English, and those signs are often represented by surprising letters or combinations of letters. For example, you sound the /oo/ in flood like the /u/ in “up,” the /t/ in “action” like the /sh/ in “ship,” and the /ch/ in “chorus” like the /k/ in “kite.”
By combining in various ways just a handful of “signs,” color-coded according to how you sound them (so, for example, the /t/ at the end of “past” is colored the same as the /ed/ at the end of “passed”), you can read and correctly spell almost a thousand words, with only a minimal need for memorization.
By noticing consistencies and inconsistencies (e.g., “drove,” “cove” and “stove,” but not “move” or “love”), you can learn rapidly, while avoiding overly simplified and often misleading phonics rules. For instance, virtually all traditional phonics programs teach that there is a “short A” and a “long A,” when in fact there are no fewer than eleven ways in which that single letter can be sounded in written English, exemplified in the following sentence: All was dark as many warring hares raced around village swamps.
Once accurate decoding is accompanied by the fluency and melody of a reader’s speech, “language” comprehension flows naturally from listening to the results.
With this edition of iReadBetter, children everywhere have access the world’s first digital version of Gattegno’s full array of materials, techniques and activities. It gives them the opportunity to enter the world of reading and spelling with self-assurance and clarity about the true nature of the challenge.
Keep an eye out for progress on Stage 3 of iReadBetter, which will complete the introduction of all of the sounds of English, along with many of the ways in which those sounds are represented in print!
This version contains some small fixes and updates:
- Fix to mostly eliminate rare login issue.
- Restore sentence "ten moms pass ten tests."
- Update libraries and frameworks and fix small bugs.
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