Reading is the single most important skill a child ever learns. But sadly, many children experience significant difficulties with this key skill.
Why is learning to read so challenging for so many?
Until now, reading programs focused almost exclusively on phonics, or “sounding out.” While learning the sounds is an essential skill, there are many other skills that a child must develop in order to become a successful reader. And sounding out alone can lead to a lot of frustration because English is so irregular. Consider the following sentence where the very common “ea” letter combination has 13 different sounds!
In fact, in English irregularity is the rule because there are 1,768 ways to spell 40 common sounds.
So how to handle this challenge?
By teaching all the key reading and writing skills comprehensively so they complement and reinforce each other! Reading Kingdom is the only program available that uses the patented “6-SIM” Six Skill Integrated Method developed by Dr. Marion Blank from Columbia University. When children are taught all 6 skills they learn how to read easily – and they do so with the added benefit of achieving fluency and strong comprehension skills.
So what are the six skills of reading and why are they important?
Sequencing is what allows us to read the same letter combinations as different words by changing their order – as you can see in these words:
|now / won / own
||pale / leap / plea
||live / evil / veil
These sequencing differences are obvious to adults, but not to a young child who has not yet learned to read.
Writing is reading’s sister skill and is an essential part of reading education. Research shows that teaching writing and reading together is far more effective than teaching reading alone. For example, it has been found that teaching a child to write a word accurately only 2 times is as effective in facilitating word recognition as reading the same word 9 times. In other words, reading fluency is attained much faster via writing.
Sounds, or phonics, is the skill that allows you to take a set of letters (such as “c”, “a”, and “t”) and turn them into words (e.g. “cat”). But because fewer than 1 in 5 words can be sounded out, traditional phonics has created almost 600 “rules” about the way letters work. But the problem with the “rules” is that they are riddled with exceptions. That’s why Reading Kingdom uses Dr. Blank’s patented “bit blends” method that leads to rapid sound and word identification and does not require children to memorize any rules.
In early reading, children are typically given worksheets with words organized based on sounds. For instance, they may share initial sounds (“shirt”, “shoe”), middle sounds (“food”, “pool”), or final sounds (“cake”, “make”). But in real reading – even in the earliest readers – words are always linked based on meaning – not sounds. So for children to become effective readers, from the start, they must learn to read words that convey meaningful messages. This is exactly how the reading and writing materials in the Reading Kingdom are designed – just like the words and sentences they encounter in real life.
English contains more than one million words! Out of all those words, there is a very small group made up of only 100 common words such as “the,” “is,” & “they” (frequently called “function” or “non-content” words). Because these words cannot be sounded out, they are labeled as “exceptions” and are given minimal teaching time.
But this overlooks an amazing fact. 100 or so of these words occupy the majority of any page of print you will ever see in the English language — regardless of whether the book is for a first-grader or a college student.
(In the sentences above, the red “non-content” words
add up to 25 of 41 words, or 60%.)
Moreover, these words are essential to our system of grammar – helping to define people, objects and actions, singular vs. plural, tenses, etc. So if you teach children these 100 words, they can read 60% of every page and understand much of the grammar. The importance of this to reading instruction cannot be overstated. Reading Kingdom is the only system that has been designed to leverage the power of this group of words.
Books represent the heart and soul of reading, and young children have no deeper yearning than to read books on their own. But good books tell stories, and to do that, they need to use complex words, ideas, and sentences which can confuse new readers and lead to errors. And nothing is more devastating to learning than high rates of error. Children love reading when they can easily read the messages on the printed page and comprehend the “main idea.” That’s why in Reading Kingdom, prior to reading a book, students learn all the words using formats that teach a word’s spelling, pronunciation, meaning and usage. This way, students are assured that they can successfully read and comprehend the program’s 30 custom books.
Reading Kingdom is the only program available that teaches all 6 of these essential reading and writing skills. The program provides effective results that you can see in 30 days or less.
So try out this amazing program. Sign up today.
The first 30 days are free!
Reading Kingdom is an online program that teaches children 4-10 to read and write to a 3rd grade level. The program works for all children (including beginning, struggling and learning disabled readers as well as older children who are experiencing difficulties) as either a standalone curriculum or a supplement. This is the only product needed to teach a child to read.
Reading Kingdom Benefits:
- Research based and incredibly effective.
- The program adapts to every child and provides individualized instruction.
- Kids can use the program on their own.
- It’s fun so children think they’re playing a game and want to use it.
- It was created by Dr. Marion Blank, one of the world’s top experts in reading.
- It works as a standalone curriculum or a supplement.
||“Reading Kingdom is the answer to my prayers.”
– Colleen Dillon, homeschooler
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