Raising A Reader is dedicated to helping parents teach their pre-school through 2nd grade children a love of reading.
(I hope you will look at the program I created, www.Two2Read.com, in which I offer 52 weeks of innovative educational creative and fun ways to encourage your child to read.)
My philosophy is different from all other approaches for parents to help teach their children to read:
I base my philosophy on the following FIVE PILLARS:
1. There are three prominent teaching methodologies:
(These are explained in more detail in the Two2Read member website.)
It’s clear from research that using one of these methods will help many, but not all children. In fact, using two out of three methods will still leave numerous children struggling to read. However, when phonics, language experience and phonemic awareness are merged, literacy rates increase significantly. You will see all three methods reflected in Two2Read. That is a major element of our innovation.
2. Writing and reading are interconnected. Two2Read integrates writing skills along with helping your child learn to read. It is proven that writing increases your child’s ability to read and spell successfully, and that is a major key to success in the rest of their lives.
3. Experts agree that a child’s success in learning to read is directly related to their feelings about reading. Fostering a positive attitude is critical, and positive reinforcement from parents can make all the difference. Children need to know that adults in their lives care about reading. That is why Two2Read places such an emphasis on enjoying the process with FUN ACTIVITIES.
4. It is important for parents to help teach their children to read because:
5. Think about your best memories growing up. Remember the smell of fresh baked brownies, or the feel of your favorite blanket? Children learn best through using all their senses: tasting, touching, smelling, feeling and hearing. I believe in incorporating all the senses in a multi-sensory approach to learning.
Having said all of that, my creed for the past 37 wonderful years has been:
“Enthusiasm is contagious; but so is the lack of it.”