It is the most cost effective, in that it equips a teacher for life for about $200. Instruction begins at a 6-year-old's listening and/or spoken comprehensible vocabulary levels which researchers Chall, Seashore and Flesch determined to be between 4,000 and 24,000 words.Because phonics instruction is first, fast, complete and multi-sensory (the latter to address all neurologically based "learning styles").
Primary children find this fast-paced, common sense, independence-establishing experience challenging, exhilarating and fun!The national IOWA tests pay tribute to the education that our students receive by consistently averaging in the 90th and above percentile for core total scores. Joseph Academy students, taken together as a school, are working approximately four years ahead of the national objective standards for K-8 students.Likewise, taken as a school group, they are performing better than 97% of other K-8 schools.These phoneme/grapheme relationships are taught together as "explicit" phonics, "in isolation" (without key words, pictures or letter names) as recommended in the 1985 federal synthesis of reading research done by the nation's leading reading professors, "Becoming a Nation of Readers" (BNR).This instruction takes only four of the first nine weeks in Grade 1--all without consumable worksheets.The 120 collective years of research and experience that have produced this updated method began with Dr. Orton, the earliest neuroscientist to research the functioning of the human brain in learning language skills (1923-1948). Orton used a very similar phonics base and collaborated with successful classroom teachers to combine his non-discriminating multi-sensory techniques with Classical Direct and Socratic instructional approaches to teaching.
His first successful applications went to re-establish language-skills memory in brain-damaged World War I veterans.
It simply requires a realistic alignment of worldwide speech patterns with the English spelling system (and our slight revision of the phonograms). Linnea Ehri's research and commentary on the importance of the grapheme over the phoneme.
Augmenting the instruction to finely integrate grammar and syntax, creative and organizational composition skills, and vocabulary development saves time, money and attention, and points out the relevance to that which the student already knows.
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