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The Phonics Dance Philosophy
-By Author/Creator Virginia Dowd
The Phonics Dance was inspired by my inability to read first graders' stories.
Decoding their words was almost impossible for me. So I came up with an approach
that would give these six, seven and eight year olds a strategy to sound out words.
As first and second graders dance their way through chants and rhymes they start a
journey through sound, continually looking for “hunks” and “chunks” that are part of
our language. The decoding process is made easy because of the rhyme and
movement in the learning. Children of all developmental ages benefit from daily
reinforcement. The Phonics Dance is a spiral approach to language arts. Initially you
will see huge progress in each child’s writing. As the students in your room learn
how to “hunk” and “chunk” the carry over into Reading will be an easy one. The
Phonics Dance gives young children one more strategy to use in their journey
towards literacy. Dancing all the way of course.
Why do we need the Phonics Dance?
Reading is a difficult process. Here’s why.....
84% of the words in the English language are phonetically correct.
The 16% that are not phonetically correct appear in all types of literature 80% of the time.