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Yes, I know it isn't a suffix...

Before I get bombarded with comments, yes, I know <tion> is not a suffix, and yet I teach it as a whole unit. Yikes! I can sense so many of you want to jump to the comment section to set...

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How about these two softies?

Let's talk about soft c and g!  I am not a linguist or a word historian; I am just curious about the English Language structure. I spend late nights reading obscure books and chasing google rabbits down deep holes. I...

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Why teach syllable accents?

Why teach syllable accents?

I don't hear syllable accents, do you? Have you ever wondered how many of your students are unable to discern the stressed syllable from the unstressed syllable? Teaching syllable accents seems to be a prevalent activity in classrooms and many...

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What is a digraph?

What is a digraph?

Until recently, I have intentionally isolated myself from the social media world of Orton Gillingham and the Science of Reading. I have limited myself to a listserve group, professional reading, including anything and everything about the history of the English...

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Teaching r-controlled vowels

Teaching r-controlled vowels

Bossy r? I never let consonants boss me around, do you? So why would we call r bossy? R controlled vowels can be some of the trickiest concepts to teach, this is true, but is calling them bossy r to...

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