Reading Is Listening: Research Confirms Sonlight's Model

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TerriW sent me a link to Why Is There So Much Listening in the Core Knowledge’s Reading Program? The article is an interesting read--albeit quite promotional of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program. The long and the short of it: Sonlight--which has championed Read-Alouds in the homeschool movement for over 20 years--has been doing it right all along.

Those of us who grew up on Sonlight already know this, but official confirmation is nice <smile>.

The article points out that there is a difference between decoding and reading. Decoding is the process of deciphering letters on a page and translating them into words. But reading is translating words into meaning. Since decoding is initially difficult work in and of itself, research suggests it is best to also give children opportunities to also practice translating words into meaning through listening.

All that to say: You've been doing it right. Keep up the great work!

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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