Monday, November 24, 2008

When it comes to reading, is your Child "Falling Though the Cracks" in our School System?

When it comes to reading, is your Child "Falling Though the Cracks" in our School System?

Most schools do an excellent job of teaching children to read. But so many other schools do not. Even in schools that do an overall good job, some students fall through the cracks and don't learn to read before third grade. The result is a child struggling to catch up for years to come.

Reading failure erodes the child's self-confidence, makes reading a puzzling or terrifying experience. Both the short and long-term effects can be devastating. The child now avoids the humiliating experience of trying to read as it gives them repeated evidence of being a failure.

Like many of others, your child may have come out of first grade believing that reading is nothing more than learning the alphabet, looking at pictures and memorizing words. Maybe they think it is a guessing game based on the first letter of the word or the context in which the word occurs. It is proven that youngsters who fail to learn to read on schedule lack self-confidence because they have learned that they are failures. They dislike "reading," and school and often struggle to succeed in life.

We shouldn't be eager to blame the teachers. Often times it is the school districts that purchase unproven, untested, reading programs that the teachers are forced to use. Many of these programs promote guessing and do not have any systematic approach to teaching. Children read from texts and stories that have predictable sentence patterns so the child who learned incorrectly did what the books call for. For example: When they figured out the first part of a sentence "The boys wanted to go swimming so they . . .," the children knew that the last two words were "went swimming." And when the children said these words, the teacher told them that they were "good readers," even though they weren't reading, they were guessing.

The real crime behind a child who cannot read is the teaching that leads to this type of tragedy. You can avoid these problems by arming your child with proven reading tools before going to school. Supplementing those skills with a good reading program at home while your child is in their K-3 grade years will prove invaluable. This armor will guarantee that your child will excel, have confidence, like reading and will not associate school with failure or humiliation.

Also, if you plan to home-school your child, this armor will start the schooling on a good note. Your child will succeed and associate schooling with FUN. Just as this success is great for your child, it will give you the confidence that you can teach the most difficult part of home-schooling--the beginning reading skills. When your child has reading skills, you have a lot of options of what to teach next.

The greatest single predictor of various antisocial behaviors, use of drugs, teen pregnancy, crime, and school failure is failure to learn how to read. In 1998, the National Institute of Health and Human Development recognized not learning to read as not simply an educational problem but as a problem of health and welfare.

Success in learning to read is certainly not a cure-all for life and happiness, but it is imperative for school success. As a rule: no reading, no bright academic future. The flip side of the reading coin is that children who know how to read have many opportunities available to them that non-readers and poor readers do not have.

One truly amazing program that we have found is ClickN' READ Phonics. This Online Beginning Reading Program contains 100 precisely sequenced, research-based lessons designed by nationally recognized research professor Dr. J. Ron Nelson. The result is a beginning reading program that is beyond compare. All other phonics products and programs are simply toys when compared to ClickN' READ

The program is designed for children as young as 4 years old and teaches the complete K-3rd grade phonics curriculum taught at USA public schools. Children who are learning to read English for the first time, those who are struggling with reading and children with learning disabilities should use the program. It even helps adults who are learning English as a second language.

ClickN' READ Phonics is the only reading program to simulate live reading tutor instruction. The onscreen instructor speaks to the child exactly like an expert reading teacher would in a classroom setting. Your child learns in an environment where answers are learned and not simply given away by the program. Your child must respond correctly to move forward within a lesson and the program re-teaches until the correct response in learned. This program also provides detailed progress reports, which provide an accurate assessment of what the child has learned.

This cutting edge program is designed to be so easy that your child can do it all by themselves. Daily instruction is as simple as
the child completing a lesson and the parent reviewing the report. Your child can use it on their own with minimal supervision further building children’s confidence through self-achievement. The lessons are taught in colorful interactive space themed classrooms by a lovable Disney-Style animated Dog ClickN' KID, which keeps the element of fun so your kids will love it.

Everything needed is built into the program and it is the only product you will need to learn to read English. The program is used online just like viewing standard web pages. Your child can use it at home, at Grandma's, at the office or while on vacation. There is no software to install and no waiting for shipping. You just complete your purchase and immediately begin using the product.



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