Meaning v decoding, is it really v?

This makes a lot of sense to me. The search for meaning is the essence of life, and as you have clearly explained this is what every child is created to do. I can remember doing just that when learning to read. Trying to link things in a myroad of ways, and certainly phonics was a very minor part of what was useful to me as a child. In fact, I would go far as to say that phonics, on some level, only made sense AFTER I had already leant to read. It has it’s place, but it was more of a tool in a much much wider tool-kit.

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This blog is about the relationship between decoding and meaning in reading. There will be no attempt to undermine or insult anyone who believes that children should be taught to focus more on one or the other. I have read a lot of research about reading, but I won’t quote it here. I might not quote any Greek philosophers either, sorry. There is research about reading and there is research about learning to read. I’ve read lots of both. I’ve acted on some of it. I write what I write here based on teaching my own children to read before I began teacher training; my training as a class teacher, and my special training as a specialist teacher of reading including the teaching of phonics, systematically. I write what I write also, mainly, because I have sat all day every day for the last 10 years next to struggling readers…

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