Why not teach him to read?
kids ready for school

Every child can read. That is why every child must be taught to read. A student who hasn’t mastered the basics of reading will continue to lag behind the class. In fact the problems will compound with each year of school. Joey* was not able to keep up with his assignments in the parochial school […]

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A failure at six?
frustrated student reading

I had to wonder why a six year old was already convinced that he was a failure. Andre was held back to repeat kindergarten due to reading difficulties. He had hearing problems that had impacted his learning to read. His parents had voluntarily agreed with his school’s recommendation, and felt he needed outside help to […]

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But English Isn’t Phonetic

Some proponents of sight reading argue that English is not a phonetic language, so phonics isn’t a proper method for reading instruction. As proof they point to some of the many spelling and pronunciation inconsistencies that abound in English. While there certainly are irregular words and other anomalies, on the whole English is more phonetic […]

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Sight or Sounds?
brother reading

If there is any natural method of teaching reading, it flows from speech. The sounds that we speak and hear are represented by the letters of the alphabet, which are then combined to form written words. In the conventional method of teaching reading, after learning the alphabet, students memorize words from flash cards or text. […]

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A Natural Method of Learning to Read
girl reading outside

Is there such as thing as a natural method of learning to read? Children who grow up in an environment that encourages reading may be more likely to become good readers themselves. They observe parents or grandparents engaged in reading to themselves; learn new words as they listen to stories, and their curiosity and imagination […]

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Is learning to read natural?

Is learning to read natural? A little over thirteen years ago, I took a training course to become a reading instruction specialist. I’d always loved books and reading. I myself learned to read fairly easily. I grew up in a home where there were always books, newspapers and magazines, among family members who were excellent […]

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