HOW WE TEACH Phonics
According to the synthetic phonics approach, students learn that there are many ways for writing down the same sound. At NJ’s House, we work by teaching word solving actionsand spelling patterns rather than leaving all the heavy lifting of reading and writing to rote memorization.
The brain is a sophisticated instrument, it’s a processor, not just a storage device for remembered data. By giving students strategies that require processing and analysis, we hope to give their mind muscles some exercise. Rather than tell students the correct spelling for a word, we ask them to use invented spelling (write it how it sounds) when creating their first drafts. Then, in a one-on-one consultation with each student, the teacher helps the child re-read his work, self-correct, and identify errors.
He is shown how to look up the correct spellings and document them in his own dictionary. Through subsequent drafts, each writer improves the text he is working on, until a final product is ready.