Season 1, Episode 2 Sounds and Symbols

First Aired: September 8, 2002

“Sounds and Symbols” (Part 2) examines the importance of phonics (the relationship between letters and their sounds) and phonemic awareness in learning to read. Included: a visit to a Washington, D.C., school that specializes in teaching youngsters with learning disabilities; and to a Scaramento school with considerable ethnic diversity. Also: a profile of author Norman Bridwell (“Clifford the Big Red Dog”). Annette Bening hosts.

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  • Premiered: September 1, 2002
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: A five-part series about how youngsters learn to read follows development from early awareness of letters through reading for meaning. (more)

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