On Teaching Children to Read

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Children are all foreigners.”  It is with this in mind that I take to the task of teaching them to read. Teachers must go about teaching students to read without assuming that they already know anything. We should start from the most basic building blocks and work up from there. This being said, I think that the best method for teaching children to read would be a very comprehensive approach that includes the best techniques from either strategy, whether it is “bottom-up” or “top-down”.

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