On a Facebook thread with teacher extraordinaire Sandy Simonis (retired) and the discussion noting her “teacher language” veered to reading and a debate between sight reading and phonics. No expertise so I won’t comment other than to point to the link that seems a legit educational source. Suffice it that sight reading is learning to recognize the words.

Sandy sagely suggests reading to your child. Reading to yourself to show reading is a valuable activity. Turn of the electronics.

Then the subject turned from reading to spelling. One of Sandy’s friends wrote that she’s aghast at papers from students rife with spellings that look like stunted texting notes.

Spelling is both tyranny and freedom: Tyranny to be precise and freedom to communicate. And, I think Sandy’s right that great teaching begins with mom and dad.

(Boy, I hope the spell checker worked on this post!)