One of the most important responsibilities we have as parents is to help develop a solid reading foundation for our children.
Studies show that a failure to do so can greatly hurt the child’s chances for future success and can lead to a life of difficulties and hardship.
That’s why program which focus on phonics for kids have been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years and why many parents have been turning to them. The only problem is, with so many options available, it becomes difficult to decide which program should you use to teach your child to read?
I’m sure you’ve seen many commercials and advertisements for reading programs claiming they are the “best”, but can you really trust what they say?
Not all reading programs are suitable for all children.
When you teach your child to read, you should choose a reading program that is appropriate for your child’s age and skill level set.
As a watchdog for educational products, we are constantly reviewing dozens of the child reading programs and have spoken to hundreds of parents who have used them. Based on my research, I have prepared reviews for various reading programs along with providing lesson plans utilizing phonics for kids.
What can happen If you don’t start a reading program for your child at an early age
These statistics are gathered from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:
- 74% of the children who are diagnosed with reading problems in the 3rd grade, continue with problems into the 9th grade. This shows the importance of building a love for reading at an early age when children are most impressionable.
- children who fall behind at an early age (even in Kindergarten and 1st grade) fall further and further behind over time. Without remedial help, child reading problems do not diminish over time, but persist through the school years and into adulthood.
- Among those children, 10-15 percent drop out of high school and only 2 percent complete a four-year college degree.
- Surveys of adolescents and young adults with criminal records show that about half have reading difficulties.
- Of youth with a history of substance abuse, half have reading problems.
What does your child need in order to read well?
You need to provide 4 things to your child, preferably at an early age, to build a proper reading foundation:
- Phonics information and the ability to manipulate the sounds that make up spoken language.
- Phonics skills and the understanding that there are relationships between letters and sounds.
- The ability to read fluently with accuracy, speed, and expression.
- To apply reading comprehension strategies to enhance understanding and enjoyment of what they read.