Success for struggling readers!
Do you have students with Down Syndrome, autism, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities or other challenges who have been unable to learn how to read despite years of instruction in phonics?
Do you have students who still have not mastered their letter names and/or sounds?
Do you have students who have “given up” on learning how to read?
There is an alternative! A reading method that can teach struggling readers to read in just a few minutes! It’s called…
Match, Select, Name
This literacy method was developed by Patricia Logan Oelwein and has been backed up by years of research. Match, Select, Name builds on the visual skills of students with Down Syndrome, autism, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities and more.
Students learn to read by visually matching, selecting and naming the WHOLE word. Students do not sound out the individual phonemes. In this way, they can read words with irregular spellings just as easily as decodable words. It reinforces the fact that “words have meaning” and are not just part of an isolated exercise of phonics rules, symbols, and sounds. Within minutes, students have success and join the community of readers.
Phonics is an auditory strategy that is difficult for students who have problems with hearing, language, and short term memory. For these students it is difficult to HEAR, ARTICULATE and REMEMBER the slight differences between sounds. Using Match, Select, Name, students learn words visually as a whole rather than looking at individual letters that they then have to translate into sound and blend.
Do we give up on phonics? NO! But this method gives students a jump start that can provide the spark to becoming a reader. Match, select, name can be taught alongside any traditional reading program. Students often have an increased interest in learning phonics after experiencing success with this method.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. Match- Students physically match two of the same word.
2. Select- Student points to the word called.
3. Name- Student independently names the word on the card.
Then...student successfully reads a story that includes ALL the words learned in match, select, name!