Anna Gertrude Ingham of Yorkton was the subject of a cable television documentary called The Quiet Rebel in 1993, which told the story of why and how she developed a revolutionary program for teaching grade 1 kids to read.
Why a rebel? Her methods did not always meet with the approval of education authorities, but she persisted because it worked, the kids liked it because it was fun, and the parent had high praise for it because many of their children in grade 1 were reading after only a few months of school.
We talk with Shirley George, her daughter and collaborator. Shirley was involved in producing the book called The Blended Sound-Sight Method of Learning which was published in 1967, and worked with her mother in conducting workshops for teachers in western Canada. We talk about her mother, about the Blended Sound-Sight program which which she herself taught in Edmonton for several decades, and about teaching it to other teachers.
This video about Anna Gertrude Ingham was produced by Deana Armbruster of North Eastern Cablevision in Yorkton in 1993, documenting the reading system for grade 1 students developed by Mrs. Ingham, then a teacher at Simpson School.
Those interested in purchasing the book may contact us here. Please provide your name and contact information, which we will pass on to Shirley George and she will contact you.
The website ClassicalEducationBooks.ca states the following about the book:
The field-tested methods of The Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning were developed by Anna Ingham and the countless teachers she has trained for nearly 70 years, including her nephew, Dr. James B. Webster, founder of the Structure and Style® method of teaching writing. Birthed in a one-room, multi-age, multi-ability schoolroom, this book shows how teachers can create an environment where students take ownership of their own education and progress individually, while celebrating accomplishments communally.
Mrs. Ingham with, from the left, Doug, Shirley (George) and Les, on the occasion of receiving the Order of Canada in 1995.