Jan Harmsworth   June 2020

DID YOU REALIZE THAT THERE’S MORE TO TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO READ THAN JUST READING? WHAT ABOUT ALL THE REST?

 What else is there to teach my child once s/he can finally read? Surely that’s the ‘big one’ isn’t it?

 Learning to read is certainly the ‘big one’. It’s what we really want your child to finally be able to do. But there’s more to reading than simply ‘barking at the print’. Your child needs to read for meaning, be able to write sentences about the Reader etc. And it’s a big ask for parents to have to teach their child everything else that comes under the heading of ‘literacy’. Yet that’s exactly what we’re talking about, because if your child has struggled with reading over the years, then the rest of literacy has really not been learned either.

SO WHAT IS LITERACY?

As you teach your child to read a different way, you need to throw in the full literacy palette – reading, writing sentences, comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, alphabet knowledge, letter sounds, word solving skills etc.

These all come under the heading of literacy and are all essential for communicating non-verbally.

WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED THIS LITERACY STUFF TODAY?

 Even today, for example, your child will need to be able to write a business letter, complete with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation so that the message will be readily understood by the recipient.

You might wonder if that’s necessary, but think of all the emails and text messages you get every day. I’m sure most of them are correct in most of those areas mentioned above. And you would judge the sender poorly if they weren’t!

And if you get the right program to teach your child to read, you’ll get all that mixed into the sessions.

If your program doesn’t offer these other skills however, then you’ve got a problem. It’s hard to find other literacy programs to supplement your reading program, and not something you’ll enjoy struggling with.

Just make sure your reading program has it all – a full palette of literacy skills, along with all you need to teach your child to read (including the Readers for your child to read to you – these are critical and difficult to access alone.) Only then will your child have all the knowledge necessary to become a good reader.

 

This page is critical to the success of the program because it shows you exactly what skills to teach your child so that the Reader can be read successfully and at the same time your child’s literacy skills keep up with his or her reading skills.

This means your child is learning the literacy skills in conjunction with his or her reading skills. A real win!

So don’t worry about teaching literacy – use the Easy Reading Formula program and watch the progress!