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Significant reading progress can be gained if a phonics program is used which is based on the Orton Gillingham method.

Studies show that "about 75% of children with reading problems in first and second grade will respond well to intervention" provided that an explicit, systematic phonics program is in place and in a teacher directed small group.

Most of the time the student will continue to progress at an average rate. But what happens to children who do not have an explicit, systematic phonics program in these early grades? If reading intervention occurs after the 3rd grade, the achievement gap will be slow to close--if at all.

Children who are identified with a reading problem early,those in lst or 2nd grade, can make significant progress by having remediation for 30-40 minutes per day. This can be done in small groups of 4 or 5 students. However, most schools don't offer this kind of intervention even for the early grades.

Students in 4th grade and beyond will probably need one to one tutoring up to 2 hours a day. Schools don't provide this kind of service unless the student is pulled from the classroom into a resource room.

Many resource rooms don't EVEN provide the explicit phonics reading remediation that is needed. In fact, most resource rooms have 5 to 10 students at one time that they are trying to remediate using whole language. The reading scores of these students go down and the students never "catch up."


If you want to help your child (and what parent doesn't), then you need to take some proactive steps. You can hire someone, a tutor or a reading specialist, or you can help your child learn to read. How do you do that? By following the steps to reading which I have laid out for you.

IF your child can already read but struggles to keep up with classmates and is falling behind, then I suggest getting some easy readers so that she can practice reading at home. Easy readers will allow her to gain confidence with her reading as her fluency increases.

My 1st Readers, My 1st I Can Read Books, Hello Readers and Scholastic Readers are very good. Although these books are not the decodable books which I recommend as a child is learning to read, these books have big print and with a little bit of pre-teaching most children can read them without difficulty.

These beginning books have very simple story lines and children in 3rd grade and above may see these as being too "babyish". IF your child is one of these children, have them read the book to a younger brother or sister or neighbor. It is important that your child reads the easier books until fluency is gained.

NOTE: I use decodable books to teach but use these readers to challenge my students. HOWEVER, as I mentioned, I do some pre-teaching of unknown words to make sure the student doesn't get too frustrated.


Once a student has some success at reading, their whole personality changes. They become more confident and it shows. They become happier and are willing to try new things.

Are you ready to get the right kind of reading intervention for your child? If you need some more advice to help you decide, contact Rene at 785-845-1201 between 8AM and 10PM CST (central standard time) for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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