- Teacher Vicki
- July 11, 2017, 3:19 pm
I never thought that teaching Reading would become a very big part of my life as a mom and teacher. Whenever I tell my peers and those older than me that Preschool Reading lessons could be taught instantly to a child as young as four years old, they give me a real cold stare. It’s as if I’m talking Greek to them.“That’s impossible… you’re going against nature, their natural faculties are not yet prepared”, they would confidently argue. “Why hurry when during my time, we learned to read at age 7 or 8 and life went on!” others would add with full conviction. I do understand, I’ve been there too.
I was invited in seminars to present my stand and many teachers and parents nod with intense realization and optimism. Still there are few “so- called experts”who would contradict what I believe in though they have seen my well documented proofs and testimonies of more than thousands of students taught Reading instantly. Well, I don’t blame them, nor insist on what I believe could be so realistically true. After all, what I’m posing is a path newly opened.
The Tutorial Age
During my elementary years (70’s to early 80’s), I could count from my fingers the number of my classmates with tutors. Now, almost every student of every grade level has a tutor coming to their homes after school hours. Parents would complain that their child finds it hard to comprehend what they just read and it affects every subject before them .They have all sorts of reasons and people to blame: the school, the teacher, their classmates, internet shops, computer games and the ever present entertaining box at home---TV.
Poor Reading Comprehension—A Global Problem
What amazed me most is that this learning and reading scenario is not something unique to our country. I have spent sleepless nights and days of researching, comparing and evaluating both past and latest reading lessons, instructions, approaches, student performances and government statistics. They all lead to one common thing…. whether you are in a third or first world country, problems remain the same. Poor performance of students in school boils down to their poor reading comprehension skills. In the Philippines it is so alarming that incoming High School students were found out to have reading skills that of a Grade Four or early Grade Five level. They are grossly deficient in basic and higher order thinking skills. Every Administration wonders and tries hard to find out and eliminate the culprit.
It’s totally puzzling to know that after the US Federal government has spent $4 Billion Dollars on Reading First which was part of the No Child Left Behind Law, no difference in reading comprehension scores was seen among students who did not participate in the program. Institute of Education Science Director Russ Whitehurst said the study focused on reading comprehension, rather than other aspects of reading such as whether kids grasp phonics, because comprehension is the ultimate goal when teaching reading (posted September 15, 2008 Issue of The Sable Verity) .This only reflects that the Reading lessons used still missed important aspects, essential tools and major components needed to synergistically produce a strong and effective reading program for kids.
How many million dollars more are needed to find those missing hidden links?
I’ve seen a 4 year old child, right before my very eyes, synergistically grasp the tools of reading, have fun and become smarter in an average of 17 days using the Preschool Instant Reading Program Lessons. It is truly and quietly revolutionizing the way Reading is taught. Its future explosion would surely liberate and empower more children to love reading and enjoy learning.
If we will advance the years of teaching children to read, do you think they will still be left behind?
What if a group of proactive and dynamic educators from a small country like the Philippines offer a solution to this global gigantic problem?