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America's Reading Teacher
CAN YOUR CHILD REALLY READ?
From: LEARNING TO READ IS CHILD’S PLAY
By Jeanie Eller
You are very proud when your child brings home a great report card that shows that your child is learning to read in school. So, how do so many children get to fourth grade unable to read or graduate from high school unable to even read their own diplomas? They do not learn to read in first grade and then are promoted all through school and graduate still unable to read fluently and independently.
First graders memorize stories by looking at the pictures on the page. This is a normal thing that children do, but it is not reading. The first grade teacher thinks the child is reading. The child is very proud that he “can read” and the parents are thrilled when the child reads the story to them. If you take the story book, open it randomly to a page (without the child seeing it) cover up the picture so only the words are visible, you may be shocked to find out that your child can not read the words.
Find out if your child can read. Sit down with your child. Take something they have not memorized (like a story in today’s newspaper or this article) and have your child read it out loud to you. If your child has completed first grade they should be able to fluently, accurately and independently read a story in the newspaper and answer comprehension questions about the story. If they cannot, you need to immediately teach your child to read. If you need help with teaching, contact www.ActionReading.com.
The Federal Government spent 2 Billion Dollars of our tax money to find out how children learn to read. They came up with 7 principles of learning to read.
The first one is called Phonemic Awareness. Phonemic Awareness just means the awareness that words are made up of sounds. A person (child or adult) must have this awareness before they can move on to the next step of learning to read. When I taught illiterate adults to read in two weeks for the Oprah Winfrey Show, they had to have this understanding before they could learn to read.
Jeanie Eller has been a classroom teacher for over 36 years. She trains teaches all over the country. She taught illiterate adults to read in two weeks for the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has done over one thousand radio interviews on the subject of illiteracy and the simple solution. She is the developer of the ACTION READING FUNdamentals learn to read at home program. She can be reached at: 1-800-378-1046 or www.ActionReading.com
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