- Instant Reader
- July 9, 2017, 11:33 pm
We were taught how to read through the alphabet. Our parents and even our grandparents were taught in the same manner. It is the most popular method after all. So what is wrong about teaching our very own children how to read through the introduction of the alphabet?
Is it wrong to teach the alphabet now?
Honestly, there is nothing wrong with the “ancient” method except that it hampers the reading genius of our information-age learners and totally slows down the process of learning to read. You see, we’ve just entered a new era of learning pedagogy – everything now is instant. We are in a Do-It-Yourself period where everything - knowledge and execution – is within our fingertips. We’ve got to devise effective ways and faster means to hook children into learning how to read amidst their distractions from media and technology.
Yes, we adults eventually learned to read through the alphabet. But how long did we become fluent in reading? And when we started reading sentences or paragraphs, did we understand or comprehend what we just read?
Reading comprehension of Filipino children are in general at least 2 years behind. Without reading comprehension skills, a child cannot learn effectively, cannot solve math problems, cannot strategize or conceptualize, and thus, will be left behind affecting not just their studies but their self-esteem as well.
That is why it is very important that children learn how to read even before they enter formal schooling (i.e. Kindergarten or Preparatory School). And teaching them how to read through the alphabet not only prolongs the process of learning to read but will eventually not give them the appropriate reading skills that they will be needing in school.
Believe it or not, the alphabet method slows down the process of learning how to read
The “Alphabet Method” is not teaching them correct reading techniques. This method teaches children more on how to memorize words by the aide of pictures. And this hampers not just their understanding of what they read but their love for reading. This is the reason why it takes a longer time to develop their reading comprehension skills.
Before a child can become proficient in comprehension, he or she must become proficient in reading first and foremost. If parents wait until they are 6 or 7 to teach them how to read and through the alphabet, then it is no wonder why the level of reading comprehension of a 12-year old student only falls at 2nd grade. That’s 4 years behind! It’s too late!
The best approach in teaching reading to the digital generation
We need a radical way of teaching kids how to read - a method that even a 3- or a 4-year-old child can easily follow; a method that does not promote rote memorization but authentic reading skills; a method that is not just fast but also effective and fun to this present generation of learners.
Many times I was invited in seminars to present my stand that a child could instantly read
even without teaching the alphabet. Many teachers and parents positively responded to what I shared. Still there were few ?so- called “experts in the field” who would contradict what I believe in even if they have seen my well documented proofs and testimonies of more than thousands of students who were able to read instantly just by following the blueprint of Instant Reader.
The English Alphabet is already an institution. This is our early training in reading and I would not say that it is wrong to learn it. I myself was taught the same way. But the reality is it slows down the process of speaking and learning reading. What we need now is a quicker and a more effective way so that our present-day generation of digital learners won’t be left behind.
The bottom line is we do we have a choice. And as parents, we always choose what is best for our children. To teach or not to teach the alphabet - it’s a no-brainer!
About the Author
Hi! I’m Teacher Vicki the author and founder of Instant Reader™ . My 25 years in the teaching field continues to strengthen my conviction that an effective and proper reading foundation indeed gives any child a significant edge not just in school but life in totality. Children who are early readers are lovers of learning. They lead, they stand out and are able to unleash their full potentials.
I want to hear from you. Your thoughts, comments and suggestions are very much welcome. It’s always great to keep on learning from each other.
( BS Development Communication, UP Los Banos; M.A.in Education, UP Diliman; Diploma in Dyslexia , Blackford Centre for Dyslexia, UK, London)