Simple logic helps children to read;Letter

5th March 1999 at 00:00
It seems that teachers, as well as the DFEE, are turning to synthetic phonics because it works.

Analytic phonics is too complicated and requires children to initially memorise words by sight.

Then they are expected to cope with unknown words by thinking of a word that has a similar pattern, and swapping the initial sounds around. Research shows that children are only able to do this effectively when they have a reading age of 7-plus.

"Synthetic phonics" is more logical, and far simpler. Contrary to Professors Henrietta Dombey and David Wray's fears, children are far more able to look at texts in a meaningful way.

Sue Lloyd, Co-author "Jolly Phonics", High Road, Chigwell, Essex

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