WELCOME TO THE

LITERACY UNLIMITED

CAMPAIGN


OUR GOAL
To help every school child in America gain an understanding of the English language by learning the Classical Root words from which it has been constructed.

WHO WE ARE
We are a group of retired school teachers with a lot of years of experience teaching children to read successfully - and like it! Sometimes it's easy; sometimes it's hard; but it's NEVER impossible! We are dismayed at the constant arguments and theorizing about teaching children to read.

PHONICS VS. WHOLE LANGUAGE
Teaching PHONICS FIRST (very thorough systematic phonics) is like loading a DOS (Disk Operating System) in your computer so it can read the software you want to run. WHOLE LANGUAGE is like trying to run a lot of software before you load the DOS and hoping your computer will "get the hang of it in time".
LOTS OF LUCK!
But we aren't here to teach PHONICS. There is a link to another web site, The Riggs Institute..... where you can learn about the most successful phonics system we've ever seen. Fun, too! In fact it's a blast! Fun in a way that respects a child's intelligence and doesn't try to distract him/her with cartoons and games - that takes a child seriously as a person who is becoming an independent learner - a life-long scholar.
What we DO want to share with you is what we have learned about teaching VOCABULARY. First, of course a child must learn enough PHONICS to be able to figure out what words printed on a page are saying to him. We'll give you some background on how the English language developed and why you need to teach your children, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren (and if the neighbors are willing, the kids next door) the LATIN and GREEK root words which have made English vocabulary the largest and most expressive, the most verbally precise language in the history of the world!

WHAT A GIFT!!
We'll give you some lessons - a new one each week - so you can teach your kids. Don't wait for the schools to do it. They are busy with other things right now and very few of them will make time or space in the curriculum for fringe benefits like FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE study. Not to worry if you don't know any Latin or Greek- we'll teach you first so you will know what you want the children to know. Then you have to teach it until they have learned it.

Never forget: YOU HAVEN'T TAUGHT UNTIL THE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED.

Teach until the children you love can read well enough
to learn on their own for the rest of their lives
to learn how to earn a living for themselves and their families
to learn how to be informed voters
to discern truth and detect lies
to live happy, productive, contributing lives in a free society.


Will you join us?

Links to Book Suppliers Return Riggs Phonics Copyright 1989 by Joegil Lundquist