Life is Lovelier With Lace…and Phoxy Phonics


“Sound it out,” the mother encouraged her young son once again.

“Good. Now blend the two sounds together, just like the blender in the kitchen, when we made the delicious smoothie!

We placed in the blender some strawberries, some milk, some ice and a banana. And then we turned the blender on!

“What happened then, to the strawberries, the milk, the ice and the bananas?”


(The mother waited for the child’s response, hoping he understood the conceptual illustration of the blended smoothie – already eaten.)

“That’s  right! They became one delicious smoothie! The ingredients were blended into one!

And that is what happens to these letters! We placed them in the blender, and blend them into one word!”

How fascinating to watch the little eyes light up as they proudly recognize that they are truly reading! The blending moment is a gold star for both the child and the mom!


Within the glitz and glimmer of that moment, we steadily move on to the next step in the reading process: Word families. Then to sentences. Then to paragraghs. To chapters. And finally, to whole books.

I will never tire of the fascination of this process!

It opens the door to a promising future for each child that successfully blends!

As fascinated as I am, the Ludvigson Lace Lady has to admit that reading is not the hobby-of-choice for her! And sometimes she has to confess that to the student she is teaching! That would be a child that shows little interest in reading lessons…


After that admittance, the Ludvigson Lace Lady can highlight the reading practice as a practical necessity! Pure and simple, whether we like it or not, “we must learn to read.”

After the reading student has mastered word-family blending and has succeeded in whole sentences, an actual book is presented! The Ludvigson Lace Lady  has the awesome privilege of bringing out from hiding his very own first book.

Now we can sit together, while the little guy reads first, just one page. And the next day, another. Day 3, another. Day 4, maybe two! Until suddenly, the whole book is read! Just a half hour out of each day brings ownership of one whole book digested.


This special book – his own singular accomplishment, is possibly 15 pages, complete with glossy colorful illustrations. Each page has an average of two sentences. Each sentence is probably 4-5 words

During these half hour sessions the Ludvigson Lace Lady/Mother might need to occasionally remind the endearing reader of the past blending lesson learned via the delicious smoothie.


Believe it or not, if her son does not feel like blending, he might try to con the teacher into reading it for him. Yes, you heard me right. Con. Like a fox! Or…phox!

And the Ludvigson Lace Lady/Mom might easily fall prey to this phoxy trap unless she learns to button her lip. She must wait for her student to put the letters into his own blender. (Not the teacher’s.)

For example, the word p- l- a- y might take the whole half hour reading timeslot. The Ludvigson Lace Lady must learn to be patient! Very important in the learning-to-read strategy! If she gives him too much help, he will insist on that help continually. And he will never truly read.


Sometimes he might be truly stumped, and a little letter sound reminder is just what he needs to bounce forward with great speed. The difficulty is knowing when help is needed, and when it is not.

Life is Lovelier With Lace…

The Ludvigson Lace Lady found the perfect antidote for too many reading helps: crocheting.

Yes! She picks up her crochet needle and crochet thread, while nestled close to her book-holding, sweet little learner. She lets him blend those words in his own little blender, while she counts her chains, singles and doubles! One eye on the book-holding child, and the other on the needle.


For some reason this helps the Ludvigson Lace Lady hold back from spitting out the word for the phoxy reader! The con job then soon looses its effect! And the smooth conning phox unadulteratedly reads!

Yes! Works like a charm! Soon many books are read. And consequently, knowledge is gained. Success!

True to her words, the Ludvigson Lace Lady’s son and the Ludvigson Lace Lady herself, remain undevoted to placing reading on top of their hobby list. And that’s ok.


They both read. They both successfully carry on with life, reading for all and every practical necessity. 

You might guess what is higher up on my hobby list, as the Ludvigson Lace Lady.  Crocheting lace!

Contentedly reading my crochet needle,

Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady 


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