7/9/13

Warning to parents: teach your children to read before school starts


Many public schools still teach sight-words. Take precautions.

School starts in less than two months. Take steps now to make sure your kids understand the basics of reading. The basics are simple. You can teach them.

A problem occurs if children are made to memorize sight-words without ever hearing about the basics. So here are the basics 1-2-3:

1) Children must learn to say, and then to print, the alphabet (the ABC's). They can identify any letter they see. 

2) Then they learn that the letters stand for certain sounds, A is for aaa. 

3) Then they learn the blends; that’s when you say the T-sound (tuh-) and an A-sound quickly....and you get "taa."

That’s phonics!

That’s the basis of everything that goes on in a phonetic language. Most children will figure it out for themselves given enough time. The problem is that less-verbal kids need direct instruction the most.

If the child ends up at a school that still teaches sight-words (also known as high-frequency words, Dolch words, whole words and other names), that child can be slowed down drastically.

Here are some resources you can use. They all deal with the same problem from different directions. So pick one and start:

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"Hey! Teach these kids to read." This is a good article for getting started.    http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/HEY-Teach-Those-Kids-to-Read.aspx

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"54: Preemptive Reading – Teach Your Child Early Explains the phonics concept at greater length.
http://www.improve-education.org/id81.html


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"The Bouncing Ball Project.” Features several videos with a bouncing ball. Children will understand the directionality of English and the concept of syllables. We welcome feedback.
http://bouncingball.weebly.com

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Best video on reading. Please view. 
If too small, view on YouTube.


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