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WA SOUND MAP

Speech sounds are a foolproof foundation for reading instruction.  Sound-units are the building-blocks for all words-to-be-read -- Pre[K] through moonshot ...
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Get inspired…

Good news!  Back in 2008, for Google's Project 10^100, I described WordsAhead as a core language learning system where words-to-be-read ...
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Do *CloudSpelling* Now!

V01/a/ Abstractions will become concrete V01/a/ Clarify sound-letter confusions V01/a/ "Granularity" (smallest sound-units) and "Singularity" V01/a/ Manifest Bloom's Taxonomy V01/a/ ...
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WA Equations

WA Equations

E = C + V English equals Consonant Sounds plus Vowel Sounds. 15 vowels + 24 consonants = 39 sound-units ...
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My favorite!

Teach spelling and reading with math vocabulary. 1 V01/a_e/ halves K 2 V01/a/ add K 3 V01/a/ add < add(ition) ...
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88 words < 5 seconds each

WordsAhead is dedicated to solving big challenges by creating the most effective literacy outcomes in the most convenient ways.  Play Google ...
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Let’s do the good work!

A small group of people can make the future happen faster!! Ansari: Usher in a new era of private suborbital ...
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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 ...
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Get It?!

Get It?!

Consumers won't really know what they want until they get it.  Anticipation.  Optimism.  Idealism.  Truth.  Power.  Voice.  Learning. V01/a/ anticipation ...
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Taught, then Self-Taught

Taught, then Self-Taught

IMPLICIT BIAS (Stanford School of Medicine definition):  A positive or negative mental attitude towards something which a person holds at an unconscious ...
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Make "learning to read" better

Make “learning to read” better

Recognize the importance of providing focus and context with object-naming.  From the earliest months, name relevant tangibles objects like "thumb," "mom" ...
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Words to use instead of "SAID"

Words to use instead of “SAID”

V01/a/ asked, answered, added, advanced, babbled, blasted, clarified, gasped, sang, spat, stammered, snapped, zapped; V01/au/ laughed ••• V02/i/ interrupted, instructed, inquired, insisted, ...
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Alphabet ≠ Sounds

More than 42 million people have watched these colorful graphemes as they stretch and spin.  Many speech sound units are ignored ...
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Sounds spelled with more than one letter

Sounds spelled with more than one letter

Do your teaching materials show all the following spellings which use MORE than one letter? Letter /Aa/... V01/A_E/ have V06/A_E/ age ...
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Compare/Contrast

Here is an educational product called READY TO READ - COMPLETE SYSTEM for Ages 3+.  Included are 4 storybooks, 6 activity books, ...
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Compound Words

Compound Words

Train your brain to toggle between two modes of SORTING – what is heard and what is seen. The vowel sounds ...
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Bilingual Lesson

Bilingual Lesson

HOMEROOM reports that almost 5 million students in the U.S. are English learners (9%).  Spanish-speaking students might enjoy this language ...
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Could I... ???

Could I… ???

Could I practice bold virtue in every thought, my joys would surely multiply.  The further I go, the less I ...
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[A] [B] [C] [D] [E]... Go for it!!

[A] [B] [C] [D] [E]… Go for it!!

[A]  PHONOLOGICAL ACUITY :: Use WA's Sound Map.  Differentiate.  Articulate.  Blend speech sounds.  Rhyme. [B]  CONCEPTS OF PRINT :: Spell-out ...
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How to spell her name?

Whenever we talk about "spelling" in regards to language arts, the "how-to" of it all is really very easy.  Well ...
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Hear With Other Ears

Hear With Other Ears

"The essence of reproduction, to feel and re-create that which was felt and imparted by the creator (ie., author, composer, ...
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Best Answer

Best Answer

Parsed sound-units are heard before they are spelled-out. This is the best answer to the good question, "How is the ...
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Methods and Practices of Teaching [Pedagogy]

Methods and Practices of Teaching [Pedagogy]

Many educators are taught to teach vowels/consonants and yet most teachers incorrectly think of Letters /b, c, d, f, g, ...
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Call for Revolution

Call for Revolution

Definition:  A sudden and momentous CHANGE which may also be visionary and contrarian. Flip the educational paradigm!  Think sounds-to-letters, not letters-to-sounds ...
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Microscopic Perspective

Microscopic Perspective

Hear same sounds, see different spellings: Both words end C23 V12 C37.  Seagull is C23/g/ V12/u/ C37/ll/; Google is C23/g/ V12+C37/le/ (spelling is ...
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WA = Critical Thinking

WA = Critical Thinking

"Critical Thinking" is essentially the ability to place information in perspective, to see connections, and to arrive at conclusions ...
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Your child can become a language-coding SUPERSTAR!!

Your child can become a language-coding SUPERSTAR!!

WordsAhead Word Lists help you parse and pronounce exact vocabulary used by many popular children's book authors, here listed in "V01 ...
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Sentence with all letters

Sentence with all letters

To demonstrate fonts, Google Fonts Lato uses the following sentence because it contains every alphabet letter: GRUMPY WIZARDS MAKE TOXIC BREW FOR ...
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WA ≠ TTS

"Text-to-Speech" heeds semi-colons and commas and pronounces words to the best of its ability. TTS is a visual recognition process, ...
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WA = Computational Thinking

WA = Computational Thinking

"Computational Thinking" is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in ...
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Pieces of PEACE

From Texas to the West Bank, there are still too many foreboding, sometimes deadly, barriers around the world today.   ...
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Enrollment ≠ Better Learning

UNESCO's Education for All UN's Millennium Development Goals "While these initiatives have succeeded in getting children ENROLLED in school and ...
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Vowel Sound/Spellings and World Economic Forum 2014

Education and Skills 2.0:  New Targets and Innovative Approaches Committed to improving the state of the world... After all, education ...
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Early Childhood Development-Pre[K]

Early Childhood Development-Pre[K]

Vowel-sorted language highlighting the advantages of early education: V01/a/ advantages for both individual and society V01/a/ language stimulation for crucial ...
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U.S. Incentivizes Innovation

U.S. Incentivizes Innovation

Winners of i3 (Investing in Innovation) grants totalling $129 million are expected to meet these educational challenges: Change the landscape ...
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Cued Speech

Deaf and hearing-impaired learners may be taught speech sound-units via CUED SPEECH: V01/a/ Look, big crabs! [throat] V02/i/ Look, big crabs! ...
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Explicit Sound-Spellings

Explicit Sound-Spellings

In the following list, click on any sound-code.  If you scroll down past the graphic/pages you can view relevant vocabulary ...
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Telescopic Perspective

Imagine a human head.  Brightest energies are located in both Broca's area of the brain (motor neurons for speech production) ...
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Extreeeeeeeme Phonemes of Shel Silverstein

Yes, I invented "trick or treat" so you could fill your mouth with sweets – Candy bars and lemon drops, ...
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ESSENTIAL DATA – Set #2

SING OUT LOUD! Melodies may vary, yet the process of chanting letter names in alphabetical order remains a predictable landmark ...
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ESSENTIAL DATA – Set #3

TEACH HANDWRITING! Spoken language becomes tangible with letters. Learners must recognize many variations of ABC-shapes, both upper-case and lower-case.  These ...
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ESSENTIAL DATA – Set #4

NO COMMINGLING.  No more “Long-A”, “B-Sound”, “Hard-C”, etc.  Letters do not make sounds.  Letters are not sounds.  Correlation is not ...
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ESSENTIAL DATA – Set #1

ENUNCIATE WITH PRECISION! Speech productions will be as variable as each individual speaker, yet evolving brains imprint basic "native tongue" ...
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Zero-sum?

I've been wondering to what degree SOUND MAP, *CloudSpelling* and WordsAhead Decodability Rankings for Word Lists might be considered a ...
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Know the Essentials

American Elements.com posts an interactive MAP of basic physical materials shown above, with code-abbreviations, then states a straight-forward call to ...
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