Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

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Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby lovinglife » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:43 pm

I have never thought that my 3.5yo is a sight reader despite she has been in phonics programme all these while. She was able to sound all first consonants sounds before she turned 2. After mastering in first sound, I proceed to coach her 2-3 letters blend but no matter how hard I tried, it just couldn't register into her brain. However, she is able to read by sight through her superb memory. How do you teach your sight reading child to excel in reading as well as spelling?

On the other hand, my 6yo eldest is very proficient in phonics. He is always scoring full marks for spelling and reading well. I can see how much he has benefited through the programme.

Thanks for your sharing!

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Re: Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby slmkhoo » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:46 pm

lovinglife wrote:I have never thought that my 3.5yo is a sight reader despite she has been in phonics programme all these while. She was able to sound all first consonants sounds before she turned 2. After mastering in first sound, I proceed to coach her 2-3 letters blend but no matter how hard I tried, it just couldn't register into her brain. However, she is able to read by sight through her superb memory. How do you teach your sight reading child to excel in reading as well as spelling?

My older girl read by sight. She used her memory mainly for learning spelling by just remembering how the word looked. I am also mostly a sight reader, and I remember doing that when I was in school too. At the same time, I taught her some phonics 'backwards' by looking at a whole word and breaking it into parts. She could make the sounds of individual parts but wasn't good at blending, but for spelling, blending isn't really necessary.

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Re: Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby jetsetter » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:30 pm

simkhoo
are u a disciple of Pamela Lim?! just kidding.

http://www.all-gifted.com/dyslexia.html

If not for the current dyslexia epidemic, I would never know that my mother has a 'learning disability', for though she speaks three languages and three dialects fluently, she still jumbles up telephone numbers and has great difficulty reading. I also would not have guessed that I have inherited the same from her.

You see, I still cannot tell my left from my right, have no hand dominance and don't believe in phonetics because I never learned reading through them. But I read perfectly and write better than many non-dyslexics, and I will explain to you how we learn.

I am blessed, for in our generation, we seldom hear of dyslexia, and I always thought my uniqueness was a gift rather than a deficiency and used them to the fullest while growing up.

Though my parents could not read any word with more than three letters, I figured how to read in English when I was just three. Nobody taught me phonetics. It was only later I realized I had a unique ability many dyslexic kids have: eidetic memory.

Eidetic memory is also photographic memory. Sadly, much as I wish I still have that ability, I realized it was gone when I was in my twenties. Researchers believe that this ability has nothing to do with intelligence and while I am not sure if that is true, I know that I depended on this to learn to read.

While other kids were learning how to pronounce and spell, I simply 'took photographs' of everything and drew upon this 'database'.

Learning to read words was not difficult, I stored the 'look' of the word and associated that with the word usage and its sound. When the same word is presented, I simply reproduce the sound. As I grew older, I figured what phonetics was and learned that by first learning words. So you see, the learning to read is reversed for people like me. We cannot learn phonetics and then read, we learn to read, figure out how phonetics work, and then learn to read other words using the phonetics.

Sadly, this taking photographs technique cannot last forever and for many, the photographic memory disappears at six. Some researchers believe it is due to altered memory processes. Fortunately for me, another skill evolved. With the loss of my 'internal camera', I learned to break big problems into smaller pieces to understand and solve small puzzles one at a time, because small pieces of solutions were easy to remember.

These days, I realized I am like other people, I process very similarly. Some people believe it is because we learned to compensate for our disability, I choose to believe it is not even a disability, but a different ability. And though I have read hundreds of academic journals and articles, gone through thousands of textbooks and millions of magazines, I still have not read a single novel. I still cannot finish a book properly. Since reading is still a chore (and ironically part of my job), I am choosy and I must find a reason to motivate me to read anything.

I often look at my own children and admire their abilities to read books, one of my sons can read 20 novels a day and regurgitates all the information. It is strange because by statistics, each of my children have a 40% to 60% chance of being dyslexic, meaning two or three of my children should inherit this from me. Yet none of them is diagnosed with this disability.

I kept my oldest son's P1 writing of his own name, his 'J' turned the wrong way, his 'a' looks like a 'p'. His '7' is laterally inverted. My youngest (#5) jumps from one line to another while reading. The psychologist told me my #4 has an eye-tracking problem and he would skip a line or two when he read. But you know what?

It did not matter one bit whether any of my kids is dyslexic or not, because it is not even important, it would not have changed one bit how I would have brought them up or taught them to read and write.

It was great I did not bother to second guess if they were 'disabled' and just kept exposing them to words, good books and good reading materials. They learned to read anyway, and way above their age level. If they had 'disabilities', i believe they would have found some ways to compensate them. My job was just keep on encouraging, making reading fun and providing great materials to them from young, so reading becomes a second nature and dyslexia cannot have a chance.

My son's psychologist told me that because his comprehension is so good, he is able to compensate his eye-tracking problem, for whatever he skips, his superior comprehension made up for the lack.

So if your child is really young, provide the right opportunities. If you want the child to have a great academic future, he/she needs to be able to read, so open those doors for that. Buy the books, go to the library, switch off the television, provide a good reading curriculum and read to the child cozily.

You will be so glad that even if he is born a dyslexic, nobody will ever need to know.

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Re: Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby lovinglife » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:56 am

slmkhoo wrote:My older girl read by sight. She used her memory mainly for learning spelling by just remembering how the word looked. I am also mostly a sight reader, and I remember doing that when I was in school too. At the same time, I taught her some phonics 'backwards' by looking at a whole word and breaking it into parts. She could make the sounds of individual parts but wasn't good at blending, but for spelling, blending isn't really necessary.


Thanks for sharing! My DD hasn't come to spelling yet so I have no idea how she will treat it. She is memorising the words/books that I taught/read to her. She might be memorising it unconsciously. This morning when she read 1 new page of Peter & Jane, before I read out the new word to her, she already said it out.

Breaking the words into segment is phonetic way. My DS uses this method for his spelling. But for my DD, she doesn't blend. Not even for simple C-A-T. She reads only first consonant sound.

I still find it amusing to see her different way of learning from her brother. More short-cuts and yet more effectively. She does her Kumon Math worksheets from last lage (more difficult) to first page (easiest). :?

Can you elaborate more about "backwards" teaching? Thank you!

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Re: Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby lovinglife » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:19 am

jetsetter wrote:So if your child is really young, provide the right opportunities. If you want the child to have a great academic future, he/she needs to be able to read, so open those doors for that. Buy the books, go to the library, switch off the television, provide a good reading curriculum and read to the child cozily.

You will be so glad that even if he is born a dyslexic, nobody will ever need to know.


First of all, thanks for taking time to reply me. Appreciated a lot. :smile:
Yes, I have opened many doors for my children to explore. We have hundreds of books at home. We visit library alternate weeks. We read books together everyday. We do science experiments whenever time permitted. And most importantly is they enjoy doing so.

Whether she is really different from other people, I am not keen to find out, because I will accept what she is and focus on her strength.

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Re: Sight Reading vs Phonetic Reading

Postby slmkhoo » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:30 pm

lovinglife wrote:Can you elaborate more about "backwards" teaching? Thank you!

That's just a term I use for want of a better one! I didn't bother with spelling until my daughter started writing more (it's her hobby) and doing spelling in school. At that point, she was already a very proficient reader, so I showed her that she could break known words up to figure out which letters made each syllable, which is sort of the reverse of reading by phonics which uses the letters and sounds to make out the word. So she learned to spell longer words by breaking them up and remembering the parts, not the whole word. I didn't bother with breaking the words up into individual letter sounds, just into one- or two-syllable chunks, like 'enter-tain-ment' or 'sim-pli-city'. She mastered blending eventually, but because I didn't teach or test her, I don't know when it fell into place for her.

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