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balanced literacy

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What exactly is balanced literacy?

The term basically means that it is an approach to reading that incorporates both whole language and phonics instruction.

It serves as a framework which is designed to help ALL students learn to read and write effectively.  The program is designed to incorporate both approaches to reading.  Research supports that there needs to be a BALANCE between the two approaches.  A strong balanced literacy program will dig deeper than just looking at the reading component.  It will encompass into the reading instruction writing instruction.  Students read to write and write to read. 

WHOLE LANGUAGE:  This approach believes and supports that reading is a natural process and that children will learn to read in their own time frame, similar to speaking/walking.  Children are exposed to authentic reading opportunities.

PHONICS:  This is the approach popular in the mid/late 70’s while I was in elementary school.  This approach believes children  need only the rules of phonics and printed text to learn and improve their reading skills.

As you can see neither one will provide a perfect framework for your child.  Thus, the balanced literacy program emerged.  Below is a useful website to get a better understanding in this matter:

http://www.harcourtcanada.com/rigby/bal-lit.htm

This webpage shows that in a strong balanced literacy program it will incorporate:

writing

speaking

listening

presenting

reading

viewing

 

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