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How to Teach Phonics to a Grump

September 6, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]oday I’m over at Teaching Reading with Bob Books discussing what to do when lessons go south. {Not that this has ever happened at my house. But I hear it happens occasionally. You know: at other people’s houses.}


Here’s a brief excerpt:

Once you let go of that picture you have in your head of the Perfect Reading Lesson, you have some options. But first, the important guiding principle: we should never get into a habit of grouchy, combative reading lessons.

Never ever.

Do what it takes to keep that from becoming a habit in any kind of lesson, really. Once a child gets in a habit of being a grouch about his lessons (or his dinner or chores or whatever else he’s against), there are no decisions being made — he is just running his little train on the same rails over and over and the habit becomes more and more entrenched. Trust me when I say that it is much easier to prevent a bad habit from being formed than it is to try and break a bad habit and replace it with a good one.

Today, we’re going to assume you’re not breaking a bad habit. You’re just dealing with something that happens occasionally: a bad day or a bad lesson.

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