Hi moms, today we will talk about Baby Reading Program. Most parents, at one point or another, frets over the education and the development of the children. Many concerned parents research and seek information on the main topics teaching children to learn and write. I for one, am glad to see so many parents wanting to have an early start for their children in reading and writing, because studies demonstrate that developing these abilities in the beginning before entering school provides numerous benefits and advantages later on as the little one progresses through school.
More worrisome must be the fact over one third, 38% to be exact, of most grade 4 students cannot even achieve a simple amount of reading ability based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). That is an alarming statistic. Will your youngster become one of many 38% who cannot reach basic reading achievement by grade 4? For most children, this poor ability to see can be easily prevented with early phonemic awareness teaching.
Reading must begin early in the life span of a kid, whether it’s just an alphabet letter, a phrase, a word, a section, or a story. Teaching children how to see must begin early on, and children should be exposed to books, stories, rhymes, and be read to on an everyday basis. Children as young as 2 years of age can learn to read if you teach them to see with the correct instructions. Please watch the video below of a 2 year 11 months old reading randomly constructed sentences.
As Lida Williams said, almost 100 years back:
Phonics isn’t a method of teaching reading, nonetheless it is a required part of each good, modern method. It is the key to word mastery, and word mastery is among the first essentials in understanding how to read. A knowledge of the sounds of letters, and of the aftereffect of the career of the letter upon its sound, is an essential means of mastering the mechanics of reading, and of enabling children to become independent readers.
100 years later, this still holds true. There is a huge great debate on what way of teaching is best to teach children how to read: whether phonics or the whole language method is better. The entire language learning to read method is more of a “word memorization” plan, where a kid is designed to memorize the “shape” of the phrase, and say it.
It is essential to distinguish the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness.Phonological awareness is quite broad, and includes phonemic awareness as a subscription category. Phonemic awareness is extremely narrow, and it is only dedicated to the phonemes, which are the individual sounds of letters. There are no shortage of studies which may have repeatedly found and concluded that teaching phonemic awareness to young children produces exceptional reading and spelling abilities. You can read more about research on phonemic awareness here.
The whole language method simply expects a young child to “read” when presented reading material, and by memorizing sight words. The phonics method is a bottom up approach where you teach children to see in a logical and sequential order. You first teach children the alphabet letters and the sounds they represent; you then teach children to mix (or blend) various letter sounds together to form words; that is then accompanied by reading sentences and simple stories. This is a logical progression for children understanding how to read, where they develop accuracy in decoding words and pronouncing words. This approach of teaching also helps the kid to spell correctly.
There’s undoubtedly that phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is the superior method to instruct children just how to read. We’ve successfully used phonemic awareness instructions to instruct our kids at age 2 to see words, sentences, paragraphs, and simple story books. Thank you for reading this article about Baby Reading Program and see you next time. If you would like to understand our simple, step-by-step method to teach your young ones to see and write, please click below: