2 out of 3 children do not get the reading help they need because our schools do not address the main causes of reading delays. Children who struggle with reading because they are poor decoders and cannot sound out words need an intense systematic phonics program to develop them into fluent readers.
If your child:
1) Dislikes reading
2) Rubs their eyes while reading
3) Skips and misreads common sight words
4) Is a poor speller and has poor handwriting
5) Struggles to sound out unknown words
Dig deeper. The leading reason children struggle to achieve grade-level reading, writing and spelling
Fluency cannot be a goal if the child has not yet mastered the skills that come before fluency:
- Letter-sound knowledge
- Individual word reading accuracy
- All of these facets must flow before fluency and comprehension can be attained.
Poor decoding and phonemic awareness (the ability to remember letter sounds and use them to sound out words), leads to problems that not only affect
Systematic Phonics Programs address the weaknesses at the bottom of the reading pyramid. Our schools do not teach them to the degree and depth a struggling reader needs.
If your child is resistant to reading, struggles to sound out words, and is not meeting fluency goals, give us a call or take our dyslexia symptom checklist to see if systematic phonics is the key to improving your school year. Don’t let another year go by with your child struggling.
Source for this article: Dr. David Kilpatrick, Essenti