Tag Archives: literacy

Reading Programs

Teaching a child to read is one of the greatest you can give a child. By reading to them when they are young and then teaching them how to read before they start school, or in their early years of school, will help them succeed not only in education but in life. Without literacy they will have a continuous uphill battle as an adult to be successful, possibly even functional.
There has been many years of debate over whether it is better to teach with “phonics“(sounding out words) or “sight reading” (visualizing words). Sight reading is often referred to as “whole language”. No matter which you believe to be the “right method”, the important thing is that children are learning to read. Another option is to combine the two reading programs.
In our recent article, Reading Programs, we provide information and pros and cons of both reading programs.

Teaching Children to Read

I recently read an article about a San Francisco clothing company called Miss Do Gooder who designs clothing to help charitable causes. Their latest effort is teaming up with First Book, a company dedicated to providing new books to children across America and Canada. The t-shirts have a Miss Do-Gooder cartoon character promoting literacy. They will give First Book $2.50, which equates to one new book for a child, for every t-shirt they sell. This article prompted me to check into the well known Hooked on Phonics program and have an article featuring this product on our educationbug.org website.

If we do not prepare our children for school by teaching them how to read we are doing them a terrible disservice as once they do start school they will be at a disadvantage to those whose parents chose to help their child learn how to read. With the student teacher ratios increasing all the time we cannot expect teachers to be the only source of educating our children about reading. Teaching our children to read does not always have to be a chore or a mundane routine of a set time period to sit down and read a book, although this is a great idea to implement as well to get children into the habit of reading. There are great ways to have fun teaching our children to read. There are a ton of learning games you can play with your children and they will not even realize they are being educated in the process.