Hello moms, this day we’ll talk about Teaching Children With Reading Difficulties. Teaching your infant to read has become more and more high priority for folks now as it becomes clear that learning to read at a early age offers numerous advantages for the child once he or she begins school. Studies have consistently found that teaching a child to read and helping children develop phonemic awareness prior to entering school can significantly boost their development in reading and spelling. However, as it pertains to teaching babies to read, you will find two main teaching methods.
These two main methods of teaching a baby or child to read are the entire language method, and the phonics and phonemic awareness method (the phonetic approach), which must be the preferred teaching method in helping children learn how to read. Some prefer the complete language method, while others utilize the phonics approach, and there are also educator that use a mixture of different approaches. With the Look-say approach of whole language learning, a kid begins with memorizing sight words, and then taught various strategies of determining the text from various clues.
The complete language method produces inaccurate and poor readers compared to students of the phonetic approach. Utilising the whole word approach, English is being taught as an ideographic language such as for example Chinese. Among the biggest arguments from whole-language advocates is that teaching a baby to see using phonics breaks up what into letters and syllables, which may have no actual meaning, yet they don’t acknowledge the fact once the little one has the capacity to decode the word, they have the ability to actually READ that entire word, pronounce it, and understand its meaning. So in practicality, it is a very weak argument. English can be an alphabetic system, and unlike Chinese, it is no ideograph like Chinese characters, and shouldn’t be taught using an ideographic approach.
I usually say that if your baby can speak, then you can certainly begin to teach your infant to read. I won’t mention any names here, but I believe most parents are probably aware of just one highly popular “reading” program, which really is a whole word approach. Like this, your infant simply learns to memorize the words without actually reading the words. There is no scientific evidence to claim that teaching your infant to learn using the whole word approach is a highly effective method. Actually, there are large numbers of studies which may have consistently stated that teaching children to reading using phonemic awareness is a highly effective method.
Teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any focus on phonemic awareness. – statement made by the National Reading Panel 
I do believe the debate on the potency of teaching a child to see using either the entire language or phonics method is settled by the statements produced by the National Reading Panel. They reviewed over 1,960 different studies to produce their conclusions.
Actually, while my partner was pregnant with our first child, I began doing extensive research about them on how best to teach my baby to read – after birth, of course. Similar to parents I also discovered the favorite whole word teaching approach being heavily marketed. Seeing the infomercials got me quite excited actually, seeing the babies on TV “reading “.But after trying it out, it occurred to me that the our baby wasn’t actually “reading”, but actually “memorizing”, and I considered to myself, how are my children supposed to see newer, and harder words as they grow older without an appropriate method of decoding those words? This is where my long and extensive research into phonics and phonemic awareness began.
After many hours of research and learning around I possibly could, I felt comfortable enough with this simple phonemic awareness teaching method, that my partner and I started giving brief 3 to 5 minute lessons to the daughter, aged 2 years and 8 months. Within just a couple short weeks, her reading ability (and After all actual reading ability, not memorization) was astounding, even for me personally since the parent who gave the reading instructions. Friends and family alike, were simply flabbergasted at what our daughter was effective at reading at only 2 years and 11 months. Please watch the video above, made up of clips of her reading randomly created sentences for reading fun.
I just can’t imagine this type of progress possible with the whole word approach – just think of the tens and a huge selection of words a kid would need to memorize!
Our son is fast approaching this where he will be able to speak, and we are utilizing the same simple step-by-step method to show him to read. Thank you for reading this article about Teaching Children With Reading Difficulties and see you next time.
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1. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.