Annadan Reading Instruction (4)


I have always been passionate about reading instruction – and being very German influenced I wondered why exactly this seems to be so complicated in the English speaking world: German students are usually able to read any text given – just one year after having been introduced to their very first letter.
So here’s my experiment: Craft a reading primer that does exactly the same for English children.

And here’s the very first page of this book – FREE for you to download.
(Page number 4 is only because the title pages and front matter will have to go before).
I challenge myself to upload a new page every week.


For your FREE download click HERE


Annadan (That’s the title) will follow these (very German) principles:

  • No introducing the whole alphabet first before starting reading instruction: Letters will be introduced one by one (and texts will be crafted to only make use of the letters introduced so far). Yep, in the beginning that means texts using only 2, then 3, 4, or 5 letters)
  • Annadan will use the Syllable Method – a concept that has been used very effectively with dyslexic children in Germany.
  • Every page is laid out to amount of one week of work and includes instructions on what to teach
  • (German teachers usually don’t introduce letters by their names but only call them by their sounds. I would highly encourage you to do the same – it will take one ‘brain loop’ out of the reading process)

Next Week:

Meet Anna’s family and find out about the surprise inside the parcel.



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