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An increasing number of parents/ educators are looking to help children with their reading. In this article you will find valuable information and solutions backed up by documentation and scientific research. Even more importantly, you will be given access to a curriculum that more than satisfies your need to help children learn to read.

º  Today college professors complain that students inter college able to pass the government mandated tests (multiple choice which does not encourage analytical thinking), but unable to do basic math or read at grade level.

º  Teachers complain they are now forced to use curriculum that does not work. They are now the biggest influx into the home school venue.

º  But it does not stop there. Parents are concerned too. They complain that their children are not learning. What has happened to the U.S. education that was once the best in the world?

Unfortunately there is a lot of finger pointing which only divides those who care about the children the most, and does nothing to help the children. Yet the solutions are in plain sight, and clearly presented by those closest to the kids.

This article will focus mostly on the literacy part of your concern since that is my expertise.

Recent scientific research using MRI brain scanning now documents simple solutions:

Brain scans reveal that when the brain "gets it", it (the brain) literally lights up. MRI scans show that the brains of children taught phonics experienced considerable activity ("lit up"). The scans revealed that children who were not taught phonics had little brain activity when shown words. Without the ability to sound out words, the brain is "stumped" was the conclusion of this ten year study by Yale and UCLA.

The research went on to say, dyslexics are normally of average to above average intelligence. Yet they are often frustrated because they can comprehend when a story is read to them, but not when they read it themselves. It was discovered that learning to decode (phonetic awareness) helped the dyslexic's ability to learn from written material. You see it is well documented that intensive phonic awareness is the most effective way to teach the dyslexic child, the learning disabled, and ,in fact, everyone.

The research revealed that phonic awareness was superior over whole word recognition, or a combination of phonics and whole word recognition. However even though most words are phonetically readable, 16 percent of the words are not. Thus that 16% needs to be taught as "sight words". So in reality, there is no way around a combination. But obviously phonics is the way to go.

The research has been around for many years showing that teaching comprehension of material they can't read is failing our kids. I urge all parents to make sure your child knows their phonic sounds (and correct enunciations).

Note: I do recommend teaching comprehension, and the reading elements. But if they don't have a comprehensive understanding of the phonic sounds, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that to ignore that fact, puts these children at a big disadvantage throughout life.

How To Help Children Make The Brain Connection Between Phonics And Reading
One common mistake is to teach all the phonic sounds, and then introduce the child to a book expecting them to read. However it is more effective to teach a few phonic sounds, show them how to blend those few sounds to form words, and then introduce them to early reader books using just those sounds. Continue that same process until all the phonic sounds are learned. That way the child quickly makes the connection between reading and phonic sounds...They recognize they are accomplishing something tangible.

When to begin Teaching Phonics
Each child is unique, but generally speaking they are ready to learn Level I phonic sounds by age four or five.

The Important Link Between Play And Learning
As we watch children playing, it often looks like a waste of time that might be fun, but otherwise of little value Yet studies reveal that young children learn best while at constructive play. The Conventional Method (workbooks, lectures) teaches to the left brain only. It reaches about 45% of the children. Teaching to the whole brain (Total Physical Response) has been found to be far more effective. By physically involving the children in the learning process (games and real life experiences), children learn faster, retain more, drop out rates decrease by 90%, and it reduces stress. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, Physician: Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry, Nuclear Brain Imaging CEO: Amen Clinics, Inc., whole brain learning/ teaching improves the health of the brain. This does not mean that workbooks need to be eliminated, but the evidence is clear that we need to be doing a lot more whole brain teaching.

What Curriculum Accomplishes All Of This?
Ring Around The Phonics. Is a fun game that teaches reading (14 early reader books come with the game), phonics, blending, comprehension and listening skills. Because of its versatility, it is also used to teach basic Spanish, spelling, name recognition, the alphabet, and language arts (with older children). Plus it is a big time saver taking me only about 5 to 10 minutes to prepare the reading lesson each day.

So in a nutshell, the research has been around for several years making it quite clear why "Johnny" can't read adequately when he begins college. The solution seems to be increasingly coming from the parents and teachers who care the most about our children. The curriculum designed to help the children pass the government mandated tests do little to teach the basics...reading, writing, arithmetic, and analytical thinking.

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