Wow, were we gobsmacked!
After only three weeks we had to call the experiment off. Why? Those in the old school analytic phonics group were so far behind their Synthetic Phonics peers, that parents were complaining about the miseducation of their children!
We even had the classic scenario of a set of twins split between the classes; the girl in analytic and the boy in the Synthetic Phonics group. And, as you are probably only too aware, boys traditionally tend to struggle more with reading than girls. But in this case – the boy was by far exceeding his sister.
When you delve into the research underlying Synthetic Phonics, you will find that what we found in our two classrooms, is confirmed on a larger scale. The Clackmannshire study in Scotland, found that those who were taught Synthetic Phonics were ahead of their peers some seven years later. Seven years is a number you can’t ignore.
I often meet teachers who have bravely taught Synthetic Phonics, in hiding. The other teachers will often comment, asking:
“What is it that you are doing with your kids?”
Now you know the answer!
If you would like to read more about the research behind Synthetic Phonics, click here.