ABC orientation is outmoded
Rethink and reset conventional priorities. Why? ABC-based products – per se – provide incomplete information.
Shown here, Nellie Edge’s program engages visual modality (ABCs), auditory modality (speech sounds), and kinesthetic modality (signing cues) to create optimal learning. Yet, since crucial speech sound-units are missing, 100% mastery of this chart cannot guarantee that the learner actually understands foundational literacy basics or how spoken language becomes text.
C22/c/ cat; C22/k/ kangaroo
C22+C28/x/ x-ray (beginning sound V05)
See Microsoft Word ABC Phonics and other fonts on display at Pinterest, again missing much necessary SOUND-BASED information:
C22/c/ car; C22/k/ koala
C29/z/ zoo; C29/x/ xylophone
We would never buy an alphabet product if letters were missing. Why, then, are we willing to ignore all these speech sounds?
ABC orientation infiltrates all curriculum. For instance, ABRACADABRA < abralite.concordia.ca > is an acronym for “a balanced reading approach for all Canadians designed to achieve best results for all”. The general phonics program continuum could be modified away from ABCs as follows.
1st Level – Phonological sensitivity using words-to-be-read, including (a) Speech Sounds/intense [instead of Letter Sounds/intense], (b) Blending, (c) Segmenting
2nd Level – (a) Sound-spellings [instead of Sounding out/phoneme level], (b) Word Changing (ex. within/between)
3rd Level – Reading real words in text