“Children are not just trying to imitate others and making mistakes but are trying to come to terms with language themselves”.
I founded eye opening the fact that children need to understand symbolism before they can create meaningful concepts about letters, words, sentences, etc.
“We need to change our definition of reading from a technical skill (Translating print into spoken language) to the conception of a different mode of language use”.
Ashton-Warner “organic reading” approach is very interesting. It is always good to remember that the meaning and context of the topic and materials play a major role in the learning process.
Whole language and language experience approaches also present great opportunities to make reading and writing significant.