There is one final, really important, thing for you to note, and that is the place that Children’s Readers play in the process of learning to read.
There are literally thousands of children’s Stories/Readers in bookshops, libraries and on Amazon, claiming to be Children’s Readers. But most of them are totally unsuitable for the purpose.
The authors and sellers of these books claim to ‘teach your child to read in ten easy Phonics lessons’ and so on. There are dozens of similar claims all with similar messages for the bewildered parent.
Not one of them will tell you how to teach your child and the problems with their particular book or series of books remain a mystery.
As your child learns to read new words and skills, these must be repeated and repeated until your child feels confident to read and use them. To do this, a child’s Reader must be closely aligned to the ‘learning to read’ Program being used.
Simply buying a Reader or a Story and hoping that it will teach your child to read will fail to do that in most cases.
Writing a story/reader for the beginning reader requires the use of the known Essential Sight Words from the 100 most common Sight Words, plus a minimum of words that make the story interesting.
The purpose of the Reader is to help your child practice reading known words, plus one or two new ones, and practice previously learned reading skills. The great majority of children’s books fail to do this.
So why don’t these thousands of Readers actually teach your child to read?
Because, as adults, the majority of children’s authors don’t have the ability or the knowledge to determine exactly what a child needs in a Reader.
They write interesting stories which don’t use the Sight Words your child has learned.
They introduce words beyond the understanding of your child and use words which can’t be solved using Phonics.
Stories often have difficult-to-understand subjects.
The stories ‘gloss over’ key points which should, in fact, have time spent on them to cement in early reading foundation skills.
This is where the majority of early reading books fail, because the authors don’t have the early reading teaching skills to produce readers designed for the early reader. In short, the authors are unable to bring their knowledge down to a level required by your child.
The result is that a well-meaning parent will buy a child’s Reader which is beyond, or outside, their child’s reading ability and the result is disappointment for your child and for you!
So, what is the result of all this?
Research has shown that by the time a child reaches 9-10 years old, it’s too late catch up. Research and the Justice Department statistics provide a window for the likely future for children who do not meet minimum reading standards. Of the 30% who fail to reach a minimum reading standard by Grade 4, two thirds of those will end up on Welfare or in Jail.
A very real problem is that the time children have to learn to read successfully is limited.
So, if your child is already 7, then time is running out! Fast!
By 7 your child has already had 2-3 of his/her most teachable years wasted on repetitions of books and methods that have failed previously.
Children with reading difficulties have often managed to learn a limited number of Essential Sight Words and got a few ideas about very early phonics.
But the knowledge is not sufficient to build on. When children in this situation try to read, they fail. Repeatedly.
And like most of us if we fail at something consistently, they give up. ‘I can’t do this dumb reading stuff’ is the message in their heads.
This is where our Readers in our Program are different. They all have a Teaching Page at the beginning. This takes you and your child through all of the words previously used, together with new words and word rules etc. This means that when your child reads the Story s/he knows what’s coming and is therefore successful in reading that story.
All our Stories are unique and have been written to introduce and practice the first 100 Sight Words, one or two at a time. One or two ‘interest’ words are used to make each Story interesting. The Teaching Page shows you what to teach your child about the rules, word blends etc that your child needs to be able to read fluently.
So repeating what we said earlier:
Make no mistake! Industrial automation will bring a sea change which will mean far fewer jobs for children with poor reading ability. As the job market becomes squeezed there will be more people chasing fewer jobs. The unskilled jobs will go first with the result that there will be pressure brought to bear on children to become more skilled. And more skilled means being able to read fluently and well and get past the critical 4th Grade.
And how do you future-proof your child against this problem?
By making sure your child has a sound reading program from early childhood.
‘Fourth grade reading achievement levels
Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child's educational development. In the early years, learning to read is a critical component of education. But beginning in fourth grade, children use reading to learn other subjects, and therefore, mastery of reading becomes a critical component in their ability to keep up academically.’
Millions of American children get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, and that puts them on the high school dropout track. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential
Data Provided by: Annie E. Casey Foundation
So having read this first part of out website and you think you may be interested to read more just ask yourself one further question. What makes a person buy the best and most expensive car or the best of anything when they could buy something at half the price which will do the job? They buy the best they can because it offers the best value for money and because quality is the best in the long run. It's the same with a program which teaches your child to read. Buying a cheaper program will never guarantee success and success is what every parent is looking for. What we are offering is a program which is not cheap but it is the best and is unique among hundreds of others.
The choice is yours. You have the key to your child’s future. All you need to do is unlock the door!