What’s Wrong with Phonics

My creation, Story Hour Academy, offers a free online phonics video course to beginning readers. I designed it to provide explicit, direct instruction in the Orton-Gillingham phonograms through a series of 100 video lessons in the style of Khan Academy. The videos are available to anyone with an Internet connection. What I didn’t expect when […]


Hercules vs. the Hydra Story for Kids

The following story introduces young readers to the classical Greek hero Hercules, who is also known as Herakles, and the Hydra that he fights. It’s an excerpt from the children’s book “Herakles the Hero of Thebes and Other Heroes of the Myth” by Mary E. Burt. The Second Labor – Hercules Kills the Water-Snake of […]

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