See and Say Method

by Diana
(Georgia)

This is what it was called in 1953 when I was supposedly taught to read in 1st grade. This was in public school in Orlando, FL. My mother did not know that I didn't know how to read until after the 1st grade. I had not been taught phonics at all.

All through school I had trouble reading and my parents had to hire a tutor for 7th grade Geography, which required massive reading assignments. Needless to say, I did not enjoy reading.

However, that changed. My boys were little and watching Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers and Electric Company. As I watched, I realized that there was a method for sounding out words. I learned to read phonically from watching Electric Company. My world changed and I have enjoyed reading since that time. That was 40 years ago. I am most grateful for Electric Company!

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