Hi moms, today we will talk about Sight Reading Program. Did you understand that 38% of grade four students have reading abilities below the best basic level as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)? The NAEP is the only real ongoing survey of what students known and tracks their performance in various academic subjects for the United States. In their report, the NAEP unearthed that 38% of grade four students had reading achievement below basic levels, with a simple level reading score being 208.
To place things in perspective, the US reading scale has a top limit score of 500, with average reading scores for grade 4 (217), grade 8 (264), and grade 12 (291). The grade 4 reading achievement levels are categorized by the NAEP as Advanced (268 score), Proficient (238 score), and Basic (208 score), and the fundamental reading achievement level is defined the following by the NAEP:
Fourth-grade students performing at the Basic level should demonstrate an knowledge of the overall meaning of what they read. When reading text appropriate for fourth graders, they need to have the ability to make relatively obvious connections between the text and their particular experiences and extend the ideas in the text by making simple inferences. 
Unfortunately, over a third of all grade four students read at levels even below basic. Is your child having reading difficulties? Research on Phonemic Awareness are finding that early reading helps improves a child’s reading and spelling abilities. Actually, the National Reading Panel has concluded based on their massive overview of over 1,900 studies that teaching phonics and phonemic awareness produces better reading results than whole language programs.
There are numerous documented benefits and features of teaching children to read in early stages, and teaching them to reading using phonics and phonemic awareness instructions. It’s clear that early language and reading ability development passes great benefits to the little one while they progress through school at all grades, and that early language and reading problems can lead to learning problems afterwards in school. Like, a Swedish study found that children with a history of reading problems at school entry scores significantly unhealthy on reading in grade 4. As well, children that shows very low interest in books and story reading before age 5 also scored similarly low on sentence reading in grade 4.  This really is just one of many studies which have similar findings, and this causes it to be an imperative for parents to start exposing their children to books and reading at an early age.
Just how early?
There’s no set guideline on whenever you should start teaching your kids to read; however, you can start cultivating your child’s love for books and reading as soon as they’re born. Obviously, very young babies would not even know what books are, however, conversing with your youngster and reading to your son or daughter may help them produce a keen liking for books and stories. As your youngster grows and gets older, avoid TV-sitting them, because because they produce a dependency on television as their main source of entertainment, it becomes very difficult to dislodge that need for TV entertainment, and get them to enjoy reading books. Instead, keep age appropriate books all throughout the house, and read for them often. You will find that they’ll start picking up books and pretend to see themselves, although at very early ages, they still cannot read.
People typically genuinely believe that kindergarten or grade you might be a suitable time for his or her children to begin reading; however, this isn’t the most effective approach as studies have repeatedly unearthed that children with good phonemic awareness before entering kindergarten continues to outperform, and achieve exceptional reading and spelling abilities because they progress through school. On one other hand, children who enter school with reading difficulties may continue to have reading and spelling difficulties. Thanks for reading this article about Sight Reading Program and see you next time.
1. NAEP 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the States
Authors: Patricia L. Donahue, Kristin E. Voelkl, Jay R. Campbell, and John Mazzeo
2. J Learn Disabil. 1999 Sep-Oct;32(5):464-72.
Early language development and kindergarten phonological awareness as predictors of reading problems: from 3 to 11 years of age.
Olofsson A, Niedersøe J.
Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Sweden.