Item description for The ABC's and All Their Tricks: The Complete Reference Book of Phonics and Spelling by Margaret M. Bishop...
Overview The phonics book for teachers. Comprehensive information is given here for every spelling of every sound. For each spelling you will find rules which govern it, exceptions to the rules, sample words to use for teaching the sound or spelling, etymological information, and more. Each sound is keyed to the Phonics Made Plain cards and chart. The Appendix also contains an excellent article concerning reading problems of the older student or adult.
Publishers Description The phonics book for teachers. Comprehensive information is given here for every spelling of every sound. For each spelling you will find rules which govern it, exceptions to the rules, sample words to use for teaching the sound or spelling, etymological information, and more. Each sound is keyed to the Phonics Made Plain flash cards and chart by Michael Brunner. The appendix also contains an excellent article concerning reading problems of the older student or adult.
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Studio: Mott Media (MI)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.72" Height: 1.17" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date Feb 13, 2002
Publisher Mott Media
ISBN 0880621494 ISBN13 9780880621496
Availability 0 units.
More About Margaret M. Bishop
Bishop is a graduate of Columbia University ans is a specialist in languages and has long experience in teaching children by the phonics method. She also used her method with juvenile and adult ex-offenders who were illiterate or nearly so, and has started many of them on the road to a more successful life. She has trained reading tutors and has found that both professional teachers and volunteers can successfully use the phonics approach to reading.
Reviews - What do customers think about The ABC's and All Their Tricks?
Fantastic spelling book--best proponent for phonetics Jul 27, 2006
This book is fascinating and will it will be highly valuable in planning spelling lessons. It is the ultimate resource for the wisdom of teaching phonetics.
Really interesting resource! Feb 25, 2006
I liked the information this book offered, particularly because I believe it would be helpful to anybody teaching children--educators, parents, tutors, etc. You don't have to have a certain curriculum package to make this work. I LOVE having resources around that you don't have to read cover to cover. This is one that you can look up what you have questions on. Sometimes, when a student doesn't "get" something, it is only because it isn't presented in a format they understand. Often, the educator just needs a different tactic than what appears "obvious" to them, but not to the child. A great reference.
Great Resource Sep 21, 2005
If you are a language and pronunciation nerd, like I am, A Home-school parent or an English Teacher, you will appreciate this book. It is well thought-out, clearly written, and systematically arranged by an obvious light in her field. She tells you what "rules" of language to avoid, which rules you should teach to your kids, and how to deal with exceptions. It may not be true, but after reading this book, I feel that I could capably start to teach someone phonics. An excellent resource.
Excellent Phonics Reference Sep 4, 2005
Research has proven time and again the efficacy of teaching phonics for reading. Children who learn to decode words are equipped to decode the meanings of sentences which the words form. Thus they have fewer reading comprehension problems than their whole language method peers. Unfortunately, phonics is usually not taught in it's entirety, progressively where one rule is built upon another, and spelling is not taught along the way--so that children learn to spell the words that adhere to the specific phonics rules as they are being taught.
ABCs and All Their Tricks does an excellent job of summarizing the importance of phonics, how it should be taught, and why it's effective. It accurately and in easily understood explanation states one phonics rule and then lists most of the words that follow the rule. The listings are in order for easy reference and understanding. It addresses typical anti-phonics arguements--such as it doesn't work, spelling issues, and exceptions to rules (generally the exceptions are really different rules, and ABCs explains the reasons behind all of this). Perhaps most important in countering anti-phonics arguments, ABCs notes a study of the English language conducted in the early 1970s that evaluated over 19,000 words and determined how many of those words followed phonetic rules and how many were exceptions. Most of the exceptions have reasons why they don't follow said rule--usually a cognate from another language, and where possible, ABCs notes the cognate and offers explanation.
This book can be used as a reference guide for the reading/spelling/phonics teacher, for a person who learned to read phonetically, but has forgotten the specific rules, or as an independent, inexpensive phonics textbook.
Regardless of your attitude toward reading methods, I highly recommend that any reading teacher or homeschool parent read this book and keep it on the reference shelf. The explanations are interesting, enlightening, and sensible. They bring understanding to our language and it's nature, as well as the rules we follow just being able to read (whether phonics was the method used to teach reading or not)and communicate in English.
Exceptional...The Most Complete Phonics/Spelling Book Ever Mar 19, 2002
My only word of caution about this book is that it is intended for teachers. Don't let your child study independently from it (unless they are high-school age), or they may become confused. The reason is not because it is faulty in its presentation, but because it is so comprehensive that students may become frustrated with it.
Having said that upfront, I will also add that this is a magnificent phonics and spelling reference. The title uses the word "encyclopedia" and I believe that is the most appropriate description of its contents, and how to effectively use it with your child. The heart of the book is arranged alphabetically covering all the known rules for each letter and letter combinations. You will find introductory notes on each letter, an explanation of all the sounds that letter makes in the English language, and, if applicable, how that particular letter teams with others to make a new sound. You will also notice cross-references so you can easily find comparative sounds and notes. There is also a listing of words (beginning, intermediate and advanced) which work with each sound, exceptions,(if any), a total for the number of words in the English language that use that sound, and any spelling/phonetic rules which cover that sound. Like I said, this is an exhaustive reference tool that leaves no stone unturned.
Do yourself, and your student(s) a favor...BUY THIS BOOK! To do without it means hours of preparation and research on your end (not to mention potential learning gaps) that can be spent applying what is given to you here.