An unexexpected visit to Totnes last night, for yet another
Tuesday late night shopping extravaganza,
brought a surprise!
Walking into 'This 'N That', I was greeted by Lesley,
whose immediate words were :
''I have a present for you. Open it right away!'
(I would love to have had Lesley as my headmistress,
she is a scream!! )
We had only been talking about this not so long ago!
The Initial Teaching Alphabet
When it comes to the subject of teaching children to read,
there have been some pretty crazy ideas over the years!
But I think this beats them all!
The main problems of using the i.t.a were:
1. That it was based on Received Pronunciation,
so people with other accents founded it difficult to decipher.
(I mean, can you imagine it being used nowadays, in our
multi cultural schools,let alone in Liverpool or Birmingham!!)
2. There was a lack of written materials in i.t.a.
(Too right! And not to mention all the signs and instructions
that one sees in everyday life, out and about)
3. Some children found the transition to the
traditional orthography, difficult.
(You don't say!)
4. Parents were confused (to say the least!)
I am sure that it did have a few successes...
but it also had its critics...including me!!
I remember seeing this system in action when I was
on a school visit, as a student...
...and thinking how crazy is this...
why not teach them properly from the start!!
So there you have it... yet I do believe that this system
is still used in some places in the USA,
especially with dyslexic children.
So, it's still a good one for debate!
Anyway..I now have a book to 'reed'... with a nise cup ov tee!!
Awl 63 payges!!!!
And thank you, Lesley! ;-)
The book will take pride of place in my teaching room!