- Teacher Vicki
- July 11, 2017, 2:57 pm
“Unbelievable!” blurted an astonished dad who works overseas upon hearing and seeing his 4 year old son (on webcam) read simple to more complicated words and phrases just after three weeks of being enrolled in Instant Reader Program.
“Are you sure he is really reading those words?” he asked his wife obviously still in doubt. His wife challenged him to test their son’s newly acquired skill by typing simple words outright in his computer. Lo and behold …slowly but surely their son read the given words!! “Amazing, you’ve got to give our son’s teachers and the whole staff a real big treat!”
It was truly a fuller stomach for us teachers that day. The food overflowed as the mom runs after her breath telling stories about how everyone in their family was totally in awe hearing their son have fun reading words in a matter of few days. “Our son became more interested in story books! He is so alert when we travel. He would look out the window and tries hard to read words written on highway billboards”. He would insist on letting me explain meaning of words whenever he read unfamiliar ones. He is getting smartereveryday and more confident in going to school since he learned to read" The mom’s voice filled every corner of the Reading Learning Center. Other moms could identify with what she had been saying while the newly enrolled ones were just excited to prove the same experience. Her “thank yous” seem to never end.
Believe it or not...any average preschool kid can learn to read instantly!! You need not wait for two to three years before your very own child learns to read.
Now, why do I push that a four year old child be taught to read instantly? I have compelling reasons eagerly wanting to be shared. First and foremost: I believe that Time is of the Essence. We can’t stop it… we are now living in a fast-paced world yet Reading programs used in schools remained antiquated. Teaching reading is still delayed. These kinds of programs are no longer applicable to digital learners. Yes, that’s exactly who and where our kids belong…a generation of Digital Learners.
Our time was totally different from theirs. We can’t pin them down in a time that does not anymore exist. Media and technology nowadays has greater powers to persuade and capture kids as young as three years old. We need to be three steps ahead in making a child hook into reading since these giants leaves no stones unturned. Their addicting and enticing powers outdo what teachers present in class.
Now, let me ask, if you have a very important message needing immediate attention, would you opt for a snail mail or send it through telegram? Obviously at this point in time it is out of your choice. The world has become smaller and time is something we cannot just replenish. I find it too ironic why First World countries that do have billions of dollars to spare and are digitally advanced in all aspects of living and breathing on this planet still adapts a slow paced reading program? Could politics have something to do about this or the essential elements of a reading program has not yet really been hit and formulated?
Whichever is the case, as a leader of these proactive educators, I firmly stand in our advocacy and move forward in believing that teaching reading should not be delayed. I do agree with what Anne Northup (US Congresswoman) stated, “A six year old is only six once, we cannot come back 15 years later and make things right.”
Let me reiterate that our kids now belong to the generation of Digital Learners. We can’t afford to be left behind and resist the present path they trod. To blaze a new trail and become part of the solution we need even more open minds.
WE NEED TO CHALLENGE THE RISKS.
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