The most successful strategy for learning to read is phonics. Teaching your child a complete phonics program is the only way to learn how to decode words that allow your child to read successfully at a college level.
No other reading program is as thorough and as extensive as a phonics curriculum.
Evidence abounds at how people suffer from not having learned basic reading strategies and therefore cannot read even simple forms.
I know it sounds silly, to think that a person cannot read or understand a form, but it happens. I often think that adults who know they don't read well are too embarrassed to ask what something means on a form, but the fact remains that learning to read will help people reach their goals and dreams in life.
No parent wants their children to suffer, so start them off right with a solid phonics curriculum.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
– Harry S. Truman
Saying words, decoding, comprehending passages and critically analyzing articles and books are learning to read strategies that don't happen overnight or even in a year or two. Then, once your child has learned to read through phonics, building her reading comprehension is vital.
Reading is not just saying the words; literacy involves comprehending the words on the page and being able to critically evaluate them for truth and accuracy. In fact, it is impossible for a society to remain free if it is illiterate.
Research shows that babies recognize sounds that they heard in the womb, but your child’s success in life can be severely limited by illiteracy. But just in case you're not convinced, read some of the alarming statistics about the effect of illiteracy in America.
By providing your child with good learning to read skills( phonics) skils, she will come to appreciate the cleverness of Tom Sawyer tricking his friends into whitewashing the fence for him when s/he reads The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Click below for the free ebook. She will understand nature cycles when she reads about “grasshopper weather” in the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Your child can learn about courage of America's founding fathers when they put their lives at risk by signing the Declaration of Independence,or the persistence of Thomas Edison who succeeded in finding the right filament for a light bulb only after failing 1,500 times before.
Your child will read about the faith and vision of John Winthrop who saw America as "a city on a hill" in 1630.
Your child can read the story of Helen Keller, a woman who overcame deafness, dumbness, and blindness to make something of her life.
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