Feb
6
2009

Learning to read – Phonics vs Whole Word Approach

I am sure most of us would like to teach our little precious to read as early in their lives as possible. But not many knows what method to use. Generally there are two methods most commonly used in teaching/learning reading, the phonics way and the whole word approach way.

The phonics way is reading by making sense of the spelling and sounds of the word while the whole word approach way is reading by making sense of the word itself without bothering the spelling of the word. Now that you know, which would you choose?

I chose the whole word approach way to teach Ethan to read. Why? Because by using the WWA way, a child can immediately read without the need to master the ABC’s. How cool is that? When it comes to teaching/learning reading, I have this conclusion to make, if a child is 4 years and below, use the whole word approach way while use the phonics way for children the age of 5 years and above.

Ethan read his first word at 12 months old. By 16 months old, he has managed to master the complete sets of A-Z and numbers 1-10.

Here, I would like to share a short backdated video (about 10MB) of him reading at 16 months old. The reason for the delay in publishing the video is because my dial-up could not support the upload. This recording is an achievement I am most proud of because most of the time he would get distracted by the camera and stopped reading. This time I manage to record something… :) Cheers!

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    Hi again!
    I bet you’re as excited as I am, engaging with an early reader. Thus I wrote a few posts to share with fellow Malaysians on our journey – how a child can read simple books at 25 months old. And your inspiring post is also featured here at http://www.letterstoaustin.com/how-to-teach-your-child-to-read-at-home.html

    Hope this effort is going to make reading fun.
    Happy New Year!

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