How to Teach Children to Read
Have you ever noticed how easily children remember the lyrics to a song but struggle to retell a story they’ve read? Equally, it’s much easier to recall what happened in a movie than to restate what happened in a story they’ve read. This happens because the brain processes pictures faster than words.
How to Make SENSE out of WORD SOUNDS:
To increase learners’ visual memory skills and their natural ability to recall sounds, teach them to:
1.Think of letters as pictures of sounds. 2.Imagine words as groups of sound pictures, (word music videos).
Letter Sound Videos
Visual Memory: is the ability to imagine or see a mental image. The image could be of a sound symbol, like an alphabet letter or of a word.
Three key requirements for learning to read:
1.Visualizing 2.Imagination 3.Thinking in Sounds
Seeing with the Mind’s Eye
abc’s Back to the Basics Isolating Individual letter Sounds
An alphabet phonics program should provide learners with strategies for:
1.Decoding (learning to read) 2.Comprehension (understanding what’s being read) 3.Confidence (reading fluency)
For both emerging readers (children) and re-emerging readers (adults), a back-to-basics letter/sounds reading approach, eliminates the top two common reading learning disabilities, guessing and memorizing words.