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Della Palacios

Educational Consultant, Trainer and Teacher, SensAble Learning, LLC

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Should we begin teaching children letter sounds first with lowercase letters instead of letter names with uppercase letters?

What do you see more of when you open a book, capital letters or lowercase letters?

What is more important for reading, letter sounds or letter names?

Shouldn't we teach children the more germane information pertaining to the letter first, its sound, as Montessori schools do? Aa is for apple and it says /a/ is too much information for a child to take in, process and then apply to a complex language code. Why don't we start with lowercase letters and sounds, saving letter names for once a child can read a three-letter consonant-vowel-consonant word?

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  • May 7 2013: Your commitment without compromise for children is such a gift. The research about how the brain works and how children learn best is paving a road to literacy; but we must adapt our practice to align with that knowledge. Children are waiting!

    I can't wait to share the astounding progress in a class of preschoolers in Colorado Springs! The graph is on its way tomorrow. I came expecting success ...but my expectations have been surpassed. Letter-sounds first is a change agent for building fundamental literacy

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