Making the move from three cueing to reading instructed grounded in the science of reading is about way more than simply what we say to children when they get ‘stuck’ on a word. It requires a significant shift in reading practice.
Holding off on teaching letter names will disadvantage nobody. Teaching them early will certainly disadvantage some. Equitable teaching means that we teach in a way that reaches all children and sets each of them up for success. Teaching 'sounds' before letter names is one small thing we can do to contribute to a child's future reading success.
For other children, this reliance on ‘sight words’ in early reading instruction is crippling. Their brains do not magically remember the words and they are stuck on the hamster wheel of daily practice of sight words for weeks, months and sometimes even years without any progress at all.
Using a sequence of steps that gradually build on the one before significantly reduces the risk of cognitive overload. A sequence of teaching also allows for cumulative learning. “You are now going to deal with the material you already know, plus a little bit more”.
"For me, explicit instruction gives children confidence and helps them feel supported. I hate not having a GPS or some kind of map when I'm on a journey. Kids are no different. "
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