A Blog by Alan Gee June 2020
It’s often overlooked just how important it is for struggling readers to learn to read with carefully written stories. They need just the right balance of known words and one or two new words introduced into the Readers.
It doesn’t matter whether a child is 6 or 12, the reading material needs to be interesting for the age group, yet easy enough to read successfully. This means that only known words plus one or, at most, two unknown words are used throughout the whole text.
But to make the Children’s Readers more interesting, authors throw in what are called ‘interest’ words.
These are not words that the child needs to know but are just there to make the story more interesting. However, if our struggling reader doesn’t know anything about the subject, and there are several of these ‘interest’ words in the text, they simply become another roadblock on the way to reading the text successfully.
There are very few Children’s Readers which are written specifically for struggling readers that cater for their needs. They tend to be written by adults who don’t have a sufficient depth of knowledge to know what a struggling reader needs to make progress. Yet that’s the point of the Reader – to make progress, not to entertain!
So, be aware – flashy pictures and kids with spiky haircuts, dragons and monsters don’t teach children to read. Like the fisherman buying his lures they catch the parent not the child.
If you’re looking for Readers/stories to teach your child to read with, then you need to know what to look for.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be very difficult to find what you need.
Not only do you need Readers that fit the above criteria, you also need them to be a slow and steady progression of difficulty, so that you start where your child is now and work through the Readers until your child is a competent reader.
If there are only twenty or so readers in the set, then you’ll know they aren’t what you’re looking for. You’ll need at least 70, depending on where your child’s reading level is now.
The Easy Reading Formula Course has 90 specially written Readers to overcome the inadequacy of many Readers which parents buy, in the hope that they will help their child learn to read. They seldom do. The Course also supplies videos for parents to learn how to use the Readers most effectively and instructions with every Reader.
There are hundreds of individual Readers, and countless Courses available on the internet but there’s nothing to match the continuity or depth of early reading knowledge that Jan’s Course displays!
Bye for now