Learning to read

It never fail to amaze me how effective Reading Reflex is.  I have recently used this technique with a five year old, and after ten sessions, the little boy is reading words like ‘roast’, ‘note’, ‘though’ and ‘host’.  Given another eight to ten sessions, this child will have a reading age of seven or eight.

Another student who had difficulties with reading, spelling and writing, although taken a year to arrive at this level, is now reading books written by Roald Dahl.  And he is now able to spell perhaps 60% of words with the advanced code.  This is quite an amazing achievement for the student, who in April last year was not able to read or write beyond CVC words. Without this intervention, this student would have fallen way behind and will not have followed most of his Year 7 work.  I wondered what schools are really doing for pupils such as this.

The debate about which reading method to employ in schools is really irrelevant when we see how the approach used in schools have failed the students above.  It is perhaps time for literacy teachers in schools to look closely again at how we teach young children basic skills.

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