Chapter 5Learning to Decode

The period from kindergarten to second grade is an age of rapid change for your reading child. In this chapter, we look at how decoding is likely taught at your school and what you can do to support your child’s learning at home.

What’s Happening at School

You may have heard of what is referred to as the “reading wars,” a vociferous and nasty set of arguments about the best way to teach children to read. Some background on the two instructional methods that shaped the reading wars battleground will help you understand what’s happening in your child’s classroom today, and you’ll see that neither side fully prevailed in the war. Most children today are taught reading using a compromise method.

Two Traditional Methods ...

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