Michael Bend, spends quite a bit of time summarizing the required knowledge for students to be able to decode words and to do it well: knowledge, skills, strategies and practice.

 

He goes into a lot of detail explaining why this knowledge is important and how it will be taught using ABeCeDarian.  I really appreciated this level of detail, as I am working with a very intelligent, yet struggling, 2nd grade reader who has been working on his reading skills by choice, since he was 3 years old and his big brother sat down for his first kindergarten lessons and he followed suit, though this had not been my plan.  No tubs of educational toys for this child, he wanted to do his lessons like his 3 older siblings.  He has a high level of concentration and comprehension, but has struggled to learn how to read.

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FROM:  oldfashionedgirls