1. My son is in a "parent-participation" preschool class while I'm in school (his Nana takes him). Part of the class is a "discussion time" for the parents/grandparents and the teacher. Usually the topic is education. what follows is was put together by San Diego State University's speech and learning department - it's supposed to be a phonics teach kids letter sounds...for some reasons the vowels are "blocks"...what's your opinion of this new "tool" (I think it sucks)?

    you are supposed to make the letter sounds at the end of each line i.e. "beating heart, beating heart, buh buh buh"


    Block A, Block A, A A A

    Beating heart, Beating heart, B B B

    Cracking nut, Cracking nut, C C C

    Knocking door, Knocking door, D D D

    Block E, Block E, E E E

    Angry cat, Angry cat, F F F

    Croaking frog, Croaking frog, G G G

    Running child, Running child, H H H

    Block I, Block I, I I I

    Scubbing brush, Scrubbing brush, J J J

    Cracking nut, Cracking nut, K K K

    Mixer, Mixer, L L L

    Ice cream, Ice cream, M M M

    Motor boat, Motor boat, N N N

    Block O, Block O, O O O

    Dripping water, Dripping water, P P P

    Coffee pot, Coffee pot, Q Q Q

    Roaring lion, Roaring lion, R R R

    Flat tire, Flat tire, S S S

    Ticking clock, Ticking clock, T T T

    Block U, Block U, U U U

    Airplane, Airplane, V V V

    Lariat, Lariat, W W W

    Bottle cap, bottle cap, X X X

    Chirping bird, Chirping bird, Y Y Y

    Buzzing bee, Buzzing bee, Z Z Z
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   2banurse
    Okay, I can't say that I understand it myself, but my 5-y/o nephew has been using phonics with great results. So if he is able to enjoy the written word, I'm all for it.

  4. by   NurseShell
    phonics like we learned are one thing...BUT...that thing above is ridiculous what ever happened to "D, duh, Dog"??
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    This is worse than the "new math"
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Oh, and Shelly...Nice picture.
  7. by   NurseShell
    At least I can find logic in "new Math" even if I have to dig...I don't see any in this "thing"...i have to admit if you make an X sound (more like "ks") is sort of sounds like soda opening - maybe that's where they got bottle cap??? how knows - this is just reinforces my case for private schools!!!
  8. by   emily_mom
    To those that have speech delays, such as in my daughter's case, this works really well. I don't see what the big deal is. My daughter's speech has caught up to her age level in less than a year of this type of thing.

  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    All four of my kids learned to read with phonics, which turned them into average readers but lousy spellers. Forty years ago, my older sister taught me to read using the old-fashioned word-recognition method, and I not only became a voracious reader but an excellent speller. Who knows why? All I can say is, "hookd on fonicks didnt werk for me".
  10. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by nurseshell
    phonics like we learned are one thing...BUT...that thing above is ridiculous what ever happened to "D, duh, Dog"??
    i least THOSE phonics made sense...
  11. by   WalMart_ADN
    i don't get it....
  12. by   teenie1
    Its funny to read your comments..I stumbled upon this site while actually searching for this particular Open Court alphabet cheer. This was not new in 2003 because I learned this in kindergarten/1st grade back in 1986-1987.It definitely worked for myself as well as my siblings,which is why I was searching for this for my daughter who is going into kindergarten. I remember having fun learning this way!There were sound cards with pictures for each letter on the walls in our classroom, and smaller versions in in our workbooks as hints and reminders on how to sound things out.
  13. by   rn/writer
    The most effective approach for most kids is to start with phonics, and once they have a firm grasp on the concept and can handle words that behave well phonetically, to introduce sight reading, i.e., memorizing and recognizing the phonetically naughty words. The two kinds of learning become like right foot and left foot, allowing young readers to first walk (sound words out), then run (as phonic understanding becomes easier), then fly (as sight words no longer keep them down) through the written word.
  14. by   Tthibodoux
    This is very funny indeed because I stumbled across this as well when I was trying to find it for my youngest daughter. We learned this at my private school in the mid 70's, and I like it much better than anything else I have seen used with my older daughter (now twelve).