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Reading Kingdom scholarship
Reading is the single most important skill a
child will ever learn. All educational success is dependent on this skill.
How can our children learn history, appreciate literature, grasp complicated
mathematical and scientific concepts if they can't read? Really, reading is
But did you know there are flaws in the traditional methods used for
teaching our children to read? Why is this - and what are the flaws? As home
educators how can we combat these flaws?
Current reading education typically teaches a phonics approach, a whole
language approach, or a combination of the two. But the simple fact is that
the vast majority of words in the English language cannot be sounded out.
This is true even in a classic phonics book such as Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in
the Hat" which begins with:
sun did not shine. It
was too wet to play.
sat in the house all that cold,
cold wet day.
In this text only 8 of 23 words (the bolded
words) can be sounded out. The other 15 (or 65% of
the total) cannot. In order to overcome the problems inherent
in sounding out, phonics relies on children memorizing almost 600 rules,
such as the "silent e" rule, the double vowel rule, the consonant
combination rule and on and on. Remembering nearly 600 rules is impossible
for a child -- or even an adult for that matter. What's worse, is that the
rules themselves are riddled with exceptions. For better or worse, in
English, irregularity is the rule. To put it simply, if phonics worked as
advertised it would be spelled "foniks".
Whole language has had even poorer results. It provides very little
structure for learning and as a result, children are overwhelmed with
unfamiliar words and sentence structures -- and reading failure often ensues.
It's because of these problems with phonics and whole language that
schools across the nation show only 30% of children reading at a
"proficient" level, while a staggering 35% - 40%, across all socio-economic
backgrounds, are failing to master this crucial skill (Source: US Dept. of
Education) and those who are succeeding are taking longer to learn than they
need to. So what is the answer?
The answer is the
Reading Kingdom, a new reading and
writing system developed by
Dr. Marion Blank, a world renowned
expert on literacy and the Director of the Light on Learning Institute at
Columbia University. It uses a 6 skill model of reading instruction that
incorporates elements of phonics and whole language while teaching
additional skills required for reading and writing success without requiring
kids to learn any complicated rules.
In fact, the
Reading Kingdom is the only
system that teaches these six skills. When
children are taught all six skills, they easily master both reading and
writing. By focusing on these skills,
Kingdom teaches children 4-10 years of age how to read
and write at a third grade level.
Kid customized. Unlike any other
Reading Kingdom customizes
itself to a child so the child doesn't become frustrated with material
that is too advanced or bored with material already learned.
- Versatile. It can be used as a stand-
alone product or in conjunction with other reading programs.
- Easy to use. Once you get your child
started, your child can do this program on his/her own with minimal
- Convenient. Since
Reading Kingdom is online - your child can log on any time
- Easy to monitor. Parents can follow
their child's progress with reports that are emailed directly to the
parent, or always available on the
Reading Kingdom website.
A lot of FUN so kids enjoy
learning. Wouldn't it be nice if your kids not only read well - but
ENJOYED it too?
by MANY homeschoolers.
Reading is the foundation
of your child's success in life.
So start your child off right.