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Phonics Talk is the free DORBOOKS newsletter offering useful information about reading and spelling, special teaching tips for Phonics Pathways, and related news of topical interest.

PHONICS-TALK Volume 79: Phonics for older students, teaching secrets, multitasking, and more! Read on . . .

PHONICS-TALK Volume 78: The (Dis)organized Mind - What exactly IS a “disorganized mind" and can it be prevented? Read on . . .

PHONICS-TALK Volume 77: Are we finally able to read yet? Not when we read “implicitly” for “imbecility” or “delinquency” for “delicious!” Read more. . .

PHONICS-TALK Volume 76: Common Roadblocks to Reading (3) Constructing or Extracting Meaning?” Should we first put our own meaning into what we are reading? Or is it the other way around?...Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 75: “Common Roadblocks to Reading (2) Reversals.” Neurologists now know that early reversals are normal for many beginning readers. Blending practice should be an integral part of reading instruction but is not often included....Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 74: “Common Roadblocks to Reading (1) Comprehension.” At times even after students improve their reading two or three grade levels comprehension still remains stated....Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 73: “Politics Today” Dave Broder wrote that most political messages today are geared toward an 8th-grade education. While simplification has its advantages, it comes with a huge risk....Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 72: “Computers for Everyone: Blessing or Curse?” Adapted from an article by Launa Hall, 3rd-grade teacher....Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 71: “Teaching Reading: Then and Now” This newsletter illustrates how reading was taught fifty years ago, how it is taught today, and shares some summary thoughts....Read more

PHONICS-TALK Volume 70: “Teaching Secrets of Two Special Teachers” Scores on a recent large-scale oral reading test have established once and for all that the sight word “meaning” method has produced grave reading disabilities in an entire group of adult readers....Read more

Phonics Talk Volume 69:
BIG CHANGES in ordering Dorbooks products, and Dyslexia Revisited. . . . read more.

Phonics Talk Volume 68:
Part 3: TOMORROW - Here now is Part 3, completing the series. *TODAY,* relates how Phonics Pathways was first used in what became a national tutoring program,. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 67:
Part 2: TODAY will be a journey of Dorbooks highlights and growth over the years. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 66:
Part 1: YESTERDAY - This begins a three-part historical series summarizing all of my involvement with teaching reading from the very beginning, throughout the years, and where its current status is. . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 65:
Reading First versus Common Core -- What is the difference? Which one is best? What are the results? Oh, it can all be so confusing!. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 64:
This newsletter will be an odd mix of a variety of subjects, which at first glance may seem to be unrelated, but are. *All you gotta do is connect the dots!*. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 63:
For some time now teachers have been asking when a digital edition of Phonics Pathways will be ready so they can download some of the lessons for their whole class. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 62:
This newsletter is comprised of a variety of offerings, most of which are totally unrelated but nevertheless may be of great interest. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 61: October 2013
When my husband was an electronics technician in the Coast Guard his supervisor was constantly sending him all over California, with the booming command to *FIX IT! . . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 60: November 2012
This newsletter is comprised of a variety of offerings. As always, also check out my blog, which is enhanced with interactive graphics to demonstrate the lessons, . . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 59: August 2012
This newsletter is comprised of a variety of offerings, most of which are totally unrelated but nevertheless may be of great interest. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 58: July 2012
Summer is a good time to sit back and think about what's working in your teaching, and what's not. . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 57: June 2012
Recently I submitted an article to Slate online publication, in response to their invitation for readers to submit articles on how to improve science education . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 56: May 2012
Every so often I get a wonderful letter that brings a smile to my heart, tears to my eyes, and keeps me walking in the clouds ... Here is such a letter . . . read on

Phonics Talk Volume 55: April 2012
An alarming task force report led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Joe Kleinl on

Phonics Talk Volume 54: March 2012
The introductory issue of Phonics-Talk Blog features a special exercise called *Powerful Speaking!*....fascinating to do with a whole class, with about six students at a time on

Phonics Talk Volume 53: December 2011
Phonics programs of every flavor abound, and can be found in every school, with wildly varying degrees of effectiveness. Why such a difference? on

Phonics Talk Volume 52: November 2011
Do boys mature later than girls? Read the November issue of Phonics Talk to find on

Phonics Talk Volume 50: September 2011
The Reading First Initiative and the Common Core State Standards Initiative have had profound implications on how reading is taught in public schools. What's the difference between them? on

Phonics Talk Volume 49: July 20, 2011
Summer's finally here -- at last! We can sit back, put our feet up, and just relax - or can we? on

Phonics Talk Volume 48: May 30, 2011
The 10th edition of Phonics Pathways has arrived...By the way, today is a very special day for other reasons on.

Phonics Talk Volume 47: May 16, 2011
The 10th edition of Phonics Pathways and Phonics Pathways Boosters will soon arrive at our warehouse. on.

Phonics Talk Volume 46: May 2011
Hugely discounted Dorbooks products available on our website right now! on.

Phonics Talk Volume 45: February 2011
What I love about a New Year is the feeling of new beginnings. A second chance with everything: new goals, dreams, activities and -- dare I say it? -- even new ventures! on.

Phonics Talk Volume 44: November 2010
Much is new for this issue! We are coming out with a new book, *Phonics Pathways Booster* on.

Phonics Talk Volume 43: September 2010
*We're No. 1(1)!* is the title of Thomas Friedman's recent editorial in The New York Times (9-12-10), in which he laments the U.S.A.'s rank as No. 11 in Newsweek's listing of the 100 best countries in the on.

Phonics Talk Volume 42: July 2010
A long, hot summer can breed forgetfulness and cover up shaky skills that may never have been too solid in the first place. Make sure your child is up to snuff with this quick checklist and tuneup of basic reading on.

Phonics Talk Volume 41: May 2010
Memories, Mother's Day, IRA Convention and more!

Phonics Talk Volume 40: March 2010
. . Could it possibly be? Did I see tiny pink blossoms peeking out of a bare cherry tree when I went jogging around the park?. . . Read on....

Phonics Talk Volume 39: December 2009
Speaking Pathways: You asked for it -- We listened --- So here it is. . . Read on....

Phonics Talk Volume 38: November 2009
Middle Class Dreams: Not one student in this whole class of 7th and 8th graders was able to read. And then a miracle happened. . . Read on....

Phonics Talk Volume 37: September 2009
Adult Literacy: Every so often I receive a letter that is so inspirational that I am momentarily immobilized and stunned into inaction. Here is such a letter". . . Read on....

Phonics Talk Volume 36: August 2009
Boiling the Frog: "When the proverbial frog is placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, it never realizes it is in danger and is slowly boiled alive. So it is with education today because of our creeping illiteracy. . ." Read on...

Phonics Talk Volume 35: May 2009
The Emperor Has No Clothes: Much has been said about comprehension and the lack of it, and there are even special programs purporting to deal with it. Are they effective? Read on....

Phonics Talk Volume 34: February 2009
New Beginnings: Details on upcoming workshop, a teaching tip, a dictionary game, a heartwarming story, and some inspirational wishes

Phonics Talk Volume 33: December 2008
Christmas Giveaway: Some great new teaching tips, info on an upcoming workshop, a new product, and an inspiring profile of a fighter for literacy.

Phonics Talk Volume 32: September 2008
In this issue we will relate what magic and comprehension have in common, and how this impacts *No Child Left Behind.* We will also inform you of two upcoming workshops, and share some fascinating tidbits about the number 8 and the Olympics.

Phonics Talk Volume 31: June 2008
Today's exciting reading programs produce excellent reading scores in the early grades, but by 4th grade comprehension begins a downhill slide. This is so prevalent researchers have given it a name:*The Fourth-Grade Slump.* This volume of Phonics Talks delves into this interesting issue.

Phonics Talk Volume 30: December 2007
This issue will talk about Rebecca Faherty's Kids Read program as well as more details about the free teaching aids, a Holiday Special involving a free game giveaway, information about an upcoming workshop plus reflections on this holiday season.

Phonics Talk Volume 29: September 2007
Dissecting Dyslexia Part Two: Two simple tests can determine how your child reads and at what grade level. A roadmap to overcome dyslexia. Inspiring examples, and finally -- what comes next!

Phonics Talk Volume 28: September 2007
Dissecting Dyslexia Part One: This newsletter addresses the questions *What is dyslexia?* and *What causes dyslexia?* Here is a new definition, plus some surprising information on environmental factors!

Phonics Talk Volume 27: July 2007
A wealth of intriguing teaching tips. New: free downloadable teaching aids!

Phonics Talk Volume 26: April 2007
A closer look at several primary contributors to dyslexia, and some diabolically simple procedures that anyone can use to alleviate it . .

Phonics Talk Volume 25: February 2007
A new first place award, the grand debut of Reading Pathways, some great teaching tips, and pondering our English language.

Phonics Talk Volume 24: January 2007 - *Here's '007!*
An exciting new tutoring program in Oklahoma for older students, with a letter from one of the teachers. Commonly-asked questions, some answers, and some great teaching tips. Plus - an announcement!

Phonics Talk Volume 23: November 2006
The articles in this issue are an update on the *Kids Read* tutoring program, a blowout Thanksgiving special, some cool teaching tips, and thoughts on the implications of an exciting new brain discovery for autism.

Phonics Talk Volume 22: October 2006
The feature article in this issue is comprised of some wonderful teaching tips from a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Taiwan (as well as revealing the results therein), and a neat tip from a reading specialist in California.

Phonics Talk Volume 21: September 2006
This issue of Phonics Talk is completely dedicated to the memory of September 11th, illustrating that while hands can reach across the world to hurt and destroy, hands can also reach across the world to help and heal

Phonics Talk Volume 20: August 2006
Rumblings of school now loom on the horizon, and those *reading muscles* must once again flex to be ready for the new year... Fortunately, there is an easy way to check out these reading skills!

Phonics Talk Volume 19: July 2006
Summer's here -- at last! We can sit back, put our feet up, and just relax ... or can we?

Phonics Talk Volume 18: May 2006
Three different stories of three different people who are making a huge difference in their communities, with various enterprises and activities.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 17, February 2006
In his State of the Union address President Bush issued a call to arms for more scientists and mathematicians. Are more and/or better science and math courses the answer? Read more...

PHONICS TALK: Volume 16, December 2005
This issue discusses the *X Factor* in learning how to read. Plus some great tips for teaching groups, older students, and reluctant readers from a teacher who's been there...

PHONICS TALK: Volume 15, November 2005
Once again California distinguishes itself by having reading scores near the bottom, tying for next-to-last place with students in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Most classroom reading programs are missing the very things that are absolutely essential to achieve reading success...

PHONICS TALK: Volume 14, August 2005
Will it be a bright and shining face bounding off to a brand-new school year, or will it be Shakespeare's "whining school-boy with his satchel, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school"? A long hot summer can breed forgetfulness, especially if some skills were uncertain to begin with. Make sure your child is up to snuff with this quick, at-a-glance checklist and tuneup of reading skills....

PHONICS TALK: Volume 13, March 2005
This issue contains an important announcement about Phonics Pathways, with new information about placing orders. Also included is added information on Comprehension, with detailed step-by-step suggestions for developing and checking it, and last but not least, new awards and honors for Phonics Pathways.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 12, September 2004
This issue of Phonics Talk consists of a summary of the very best teaching tips I've received over the years from teachers, parents, and tutors around the world, as well as games I've developed myself. All of this will be included in a future edition of Phonics Pathways, but is here for you to use and enjoy right now.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 11, July 2004
In this issue of Phonics Talk two gifted first-grade teachers will share some of their teaching tips: Ann Edwards, who is the National Right to Read *Teacher Of The Year* for 2004, and Pamela Barrett, who was the National Right to Read *Teacher Of The Year* in 1998.

Both teachers use Phonics Pathways and Pyramid in their classroom along with Open Court, with superb results -- all of their students are reading by the end of the school year, and most within just a few months. Learn how they do it!

PHONICS TALK: Volume 10, April 2004
The feature article in this issue is a step by step *recipe for reading.* The directions summarize in a nutshell the best way to teach reading, in my experience, and are couched in a *cooking* format. It is purely and simply just for fun!

PHONICS TALK: Volume 9, February 2004
Most experts agree that in general dyslexia is the result of an inability to distinguish and/or process the sounds that make up speech, but when trying to define it, opinions begin to dramatically differ. Here's why...

PHONICS TALK: Volume 8, November 2003
COMPREHENSION: CONSTRUCTING OR EXTRACTING MEANING: Much of education today is student-directed, allowing students to create their own meaning from what they are trying to learn. This article will discuss the fallout and results of this educational philosophy as it applies to reading comprehension.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 7, September 2003
SPELLING WITH PHONICS PATHWAYS: The feature article in this issue discusses how to use Phonics Pathways to teach spelling plus our reflections on 9-11.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 6, June 2003
DECODABLE READERS: The feature article in this issue discusses decodable reading practice, why it is an important adjunct to teaching reading, when it should be introduced, and information about where to obtain decodable readers for Phonics Pathways.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 5, June 2002
THE PERILS AND PITFALLS OF TEACHING PHONICS: Part Three - Different learning modes, comprehension issues, and a teaching tip. (This concludes our three-part series on how to teach phonics.)

PHONICS TALK: Volume 4, May 2002
THE PERILS AND PITFALLS OF TEACHING PHONICS: Part Two - The importance of blending practice, a discussion of invented spelling, and how to teach spelling.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 3 - May 2002
(This is the first of a three-part series on the perils and pitfalls to watch out for when teaching explicit phonics, designed to highlight commonly-made mistakes and present more effective alternatives.)
THE PERILS AND PITFALLS OF TEACHING PHONICS: Part One - A discussion and definition of phonemic awareness, and how to teach letter sounds. Also - a new game!

PHONICS TALK: Volume 2 - October 2001
A detailed discussion of reading comprehension, international news from Bruneii and Taiwan, and teaching tips from around the globe.

PHONICS TALK: Volume 1 - August 2001
Specific teaching tips for Phonics Pathways and how to integrate it with other Dorbook educational products. Heartwarming news of a successful reading program in East Palo Alto.

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