PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter
Volume 48 ~ May 30, 2011
by Dolores G. Hiskes

The 10th edition of Phonics Pathways has arrived! It's in the warehouse as we speak, ready to order, and is shipping now.

Phonics Pathways Boosters is due to arrive in two weeks, and any orders including Boosters will be held until then.

(By the way, today is a very special day for other reasons too: it is my husband's and daughter's birthday! We're taking BART to San Francisco for a nice brunch and a good movie.)

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IT'S HERE!

CONTACT INFO

TIME FLIES...

TEACHING TIPS

THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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IT'S HERE!

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We wish to thank those of you who have waited so patiently
for the new 10th edition of Phonics Pathways. It's just beautiful,
and has many new features and lessons despite having the
same number of pages.

By removing the back section of the book that had to do with
State Standards we have made way for the new lessons and
teaching aids without adding any more pages.

State Standards can still be found as a free download on my
website, http://www.dorbooks.com. Click on *Free Downloads,*
and see *The Reading First Standards for Phonics Pathways.*

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CONTACT INFO

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Beginning June 13 Dorbooks will be out of the office for most
of the month, and email will be intermittent. The family who
will be living here cannot answer questions about Dorbooks'
products or orders.

During this time if you have any questions about our products
or orders, please contact our fulfillment house:

Jeannette Dalleck jeanette@Reach360.com
or fulfillment@reach360.com
Phone: (707) 284-3624

(We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary by going on a cruise.
Sixty years!! When did that happen? My goodness, but time flies!)

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TIME FLIES...

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Time flies for Dorbooks as well. When the new 10th edition of
Phonics Pathways was in production the second proofreader,
who is a second-generation Jossey-Bass proofreader (learned
from her mother, also a Jossey-Bass proofreader), commented
she had a moment of realization that she had learned how to
read from Phonics Pathways as a kid!

And a customer recently wrote:
*Today was a big day at my house. My youngest child is six
years old and he read page 236 of Phonics Pathways. After he
read the last word (goodbye) I congratulated him. He turned
to me with big tears in his eyes and said 'But Mama, I don't
want to say goodbye to Dewey!' After giving him a hug and
wiping the tears away, I assured him that we don't have to
leave Dewey behind even though we've finished with Phonics
Pathways. It was a very sweet moment.

*I found your book in 2002 when my oldest son was four years
old. Now, all four of my children have learned to read with
Phonics Pathways and we have a house full of voracious readers.
Phonics Pathways, Dewey, and you have been a blessing to our
family.

'Thank you' is not strong enough to express my gratitude
to you for your work. Many many thanks!*
Jean Smith (name changed for privacy)

Time and generations certainly do fly by!

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TEACHING TIPS

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Among other new things the 10th edition of Phonics Pathways
has a *Short Sheet of Vowels* that I predict will become a
staple in your teaching tools. It's a great way to ensure that
your child truly knows the short-vowel sounds. Here's how:

Print out a copy of this page, and as you teach the short-
vowel sounds dictate the sound to the child, and have him
write the sound underneath the correct vowel heading.
Hearing and writing them adds a multisensory dimension
to learning in addition to hearing and saying them, or seeing
and writing them, and will quickly cement these sounds in
your student's memory.

Continue including this exercise with two-letter blends and
three-letter words as well -- you will notice the difference
in how fast they learn these sounds, as well as catch any
potential trouble spots if they write the sound/word under
the wrong heading.

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THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US

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New Zealand-based James Flynn has written a book that is
causing quite a stir: *The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything
You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong.*

He found that raw I.Q. scores increase on average three points
every ten years--a staggering difference of eighteen points
over two generations.

For him, the clue came in his discovery that the increases were
not uniform across all areas but concentrated in the subtest
of abstract reasoning. Why?

Explains Flynn, *The intelligence of our ancestors in 1900 was
anchored in everyday reality. We can use abstractions, logic,
and the hypothetical.* A century ago the scientific method
itself was foreign to most Americans, and the general public
has not yet been conditioned to think abstractly. *We made the
transition from pre-scientific to post-scientific operational
thinking, which paved the way for mass education on the
university level and the emergence of an intellectual cadre
without whom our present civilization would be inconceivable.*

Flynn does not dismiss genetics as contributing to human
intelligence, but rather states that its contribution is overstated.
To Flynn the cultural transition from pre-scientific to post-
scientific thinking represents *nothing less than the liberation
of the human mind.*

For another take on human intelligence, read *The Blank Slate:
The Modern Denial of Human Nature* by Steven Pinker. More
on that book later.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

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*Never look down on anybody, unless you're helping them up.*
Simple but powerful words -- what a world we would live in if
everyone put this into practice!

Until next time, warm regards, stay strong, and stay safe.
We'll certainly try to!

Warmly, Dolores
Copyright Dolores G. Hiskes 2011

 

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