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Whole Word Method

"Coquito" is a book based on the method known as the Whole Word Method, which is designed to facilitate the process of learning to read in a way that is straightforward, gradual, comprehensive, efficient, and meaningful. It is organized, in its content and form, addressing modern methodological demands. It is built upon the Integrated Set; a method conceived after many years of careful observation and study of the reading systems prevalent at the time; direct classroom experiences; thorough study of the linguistic foundations of reading methods; diligent observation of suitable diagramming systems and drawing styles for children; continuous consultation with classroom teachers and subject specialists; and teaching professionalism grounded in the desire to make the learning of reading easier and more enjoyable.

Before the Whole Word Method, other methods were used such as the alphabetic or spelling, phonetic, onomatopoeic, syllabic, and others, which scholars and linguists questioned, considering that letters or syllables do not provide meaningful content.

"Coquito" innovates the process of initial reading learning. It introduces, in a systematic arrangement: reading readiness, vowel study, reading images, integrated sets, words contextualized in sentences, recreational readings, assessment and reinforcement sheets, references to areas of personal development, and final reinforcement readings.

Likewise, it reimagines the paratexts in the presentation of lessons with appropriate layout, font type and size, placement of titles and sections, lesson sequence, presentation of vivid and colorful images; elements that encourage the development of a readable and legible reading process, ensuring reading comprehension.

Nearly forty million Spanish-speaking children in the Americas have benefited from the Whole Word Method for initial reading learning; a number that certifies its effectiveness and relevance across different generations. A book in constant innovation, creation, and ongoing methodological review, aimed at making reading learning easy, enjoyable, meaningful, and intelligent.

The author of Coquito believes to have effectively contributed to the achievement of sustained and increasing literacy among millions of children. This motivates us to continue in this noble task of serving, considering that a good reader will be, in the future, a good student.

In this sense, Coquito is at the forefront of parallel reading and writing learning, as it has incorporated the basic principles of esteemed scholars such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Emilia Ferreira, Ferdinand Saussure, Charles Bally, Ricardo Piglio, Iliana Gómez, Susana Borel, and others.

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