'Balanced literacy' approach wins reading wars in Columbia schools

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — When he makes a mistake — such as pronouncing "smelled" as "smiled" — Grayson Fick doesn't get upset. He doesn't freeze up or give up. He'll just stop and go through the sounds in each word until he gets it.