Author Archives: Don Potter

Blend Phonics with Cursive

 Blend Phonics with Cursive Here is a picture of a recent (September 2017) first grade Blend Phonics Lessons and Stories class. The first lesson includes short a words with all the consonants and u in qu. The picture shows the … Continue reading

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Testimonials for Blend Phonics

Testimonials for Blend Phonics Over the years I have received literally hundreds of testimonials praising Hazel Loring’s Blend Phonics. It never dawned on me to publish them to encourage others to teach the program. Unfortunately, I have not kept very … Continue reading

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Rhyan Potter – Graphic Designer

My grandson, Rhyan Potter, has been taking some high school classes on graphic design. He offered to help me with my Blend Phonics Campaign by making some eye-catching graphic designs for me. Here are the first samples. I like them. … Continue reading

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Guided Reading

Part-to-Whole Phonics versus Whole-to-Part Phonics Making Guided Reading Work Guiding Reading Manuals Many schools today are using Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell’s Guided Reading program.  I purchased their method books in 2012, when I made this post: Guided Reading: … Continue reading

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Book Reviews

  Introduction:  Here I will be reviewing books that I have found valuable in my reading research. There will be choice excerpts that I consider of value.  Just click on the titles to purchase from Amazon. Review 1 Find the … Continue reading

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Doctor Seuss: A Different Perspective

Today is Dr. Seuss Day March 2, 2012. This is a picture of me with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ famous The Cat in the Hat. I am afraid very few people know the true story  behind Dr. Seuss’ books: their … Continue reading

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Handwriting Summit

On January 23, 2012 a Handwriting Summit took place in Washington, DC. It is the firm belief of the website that handwriting, cursive in particular, is an indispensable component of good phonics, spelling, and reading instruction. The decline in good, … Continue reading

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No Guessing Zone

NO GUESSING ZONE The sign to the left is a gift from two of my tutoring students. I had taught them Mr. Potter’s Secret of Reading, “Look at all the Letters the right way, and no guessing.” They came up … Continue reading

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