What Is The Best Way To Teaching Kids To Read? Science Based Method

Teaching Kids To Read Made Easy

Dear awesome parents, have you ever wondered what the best way to teaching kids to read?

I’m sure if you asked this question around, you would have received  many different answers. It seems like every parent has their own way. Your parents might have a different way of teaching you to read, so do mine.

But would it be awesome so find out the scientific and the most effective way to teach a child to read?

Continue reading this article and you will discover.

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Science Based Method To Teaching Kids To Read

According to the National Reading Panel, “teaching children to manipulate phonemes in words was highly effective under a variety of teaching conditions with a variety of learners across a range of grade and age levels and that teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to Phonemic Awareness.” [1]

This statement was made by the National Reading Panel (NRP) in their report titled “TEACHING CHILDREN TO READ: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction.

Phonemic Awareness instruction was selected for review by the NRP in their report because studies have identified phonemic awareness and letter knowledge as two of the best predictors of how well your children will learn to read in the first 2 years of their school. The strong scientific evidence suggested that the important part in helping kids develop their reading skills is  phonemic awareness instructions.

One study discussed the presence of phonemic awareness in Austrian children aged 6 to 7 when first entering school who were unable to read.  This study found that many children had not one correct response in their test of a simple vowel substitution task.

However, the interesting part of this study is that some children who exhibited high phonemic awareness scored nearly perfect on this same task.

Furthermore, this study concluded that “there was a specific predictive relationship between initial phonemic awareness differences and success in learning to read and to spell.”

Do you want to know the shocking truth?

Here it is: the study recommended that it was not IQ but phonemic awareness abilities, that predicted the accuracy of reading and spelling at the end of grade one.

The conclusion was “Children with high phonemic awareness at the beginning of grade one had high reading and spelling achievements at the end of grade one, compared to some children with low phonemic awareness who had difficulties learning to read and spell.[2]

teaching kids to read

Teaching kids to read

In the National Reading Panel report, they also determined that the beneficial effects of phonemic awareness on reading lasts well beyond the period of training.

While phonemic awareness instructions are proven to greatly support children in obtaining reading skill, it is not a complete reading program. What it does, is provide children with a foundational knowledge base of the alphabet language.

The NRP analysis also showed that phonics instructions produces remarkable benefits for students from kindergarten through grade 6, and is also helpful for children with learning to read difficulties.

Children who are taught with phonemic awareness instructions and phonics are consistently capable of decoding, reading, and spelling, and even demonstrated an outstanding improvement in their ability to comprehend text. Even older children who receive these similar teachings improved their ability to decode and spell.

The NRP made a major conclusion saying that “conventional wisdom has suggested that kindergarten students might not be ready for phonics instruction, this assumption was not supported by the data. The effects of systematic early phonics instruction were significant and substantial in kindergarten and the 1st grade, indicating that systematic phonics programs should be implemented at those age and grade levels.

However, I would like to further expand on that by saying that children as young as two years old can learn to read through phonics and phonemic awareness instructions.

It doesn’t matter how young your children are. If a your kid can speak, then they should have the ability to learn how to read, even if they are as young as 2 or 3 years old.

In fact, I have proven this with my own children. We started teaching our daughter at 2 years and 8 months, and she was very capable at reading by the time she was just 2 years and 11 months old. Watch this recorded video of my children’s progress:

>> Click here to learn more about the simple, step-by-step phonics and phonemic awareness program we used to teach her to read>>

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1. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

2. Cognition. 1991 Sep;40(3):219-49. The relationship of phonemic awareness to reading acquisition: more consequence than precondition but still important. Wimmer H, Landerl K, Linortner R, Hummer P. University of Salzburg, Austria.

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